A new way to measure how well you are aging

If you’ve ever wondered how well you are holding off the effects of aging, a study at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis has turned up a unique way to measure your longevity.

Their study says it’s all in your handshake and how firmly you can grip.

Scientists at Stony Brook University in New York claim you can figure out your changes of living to a ripe old age as well as your risk for disability, for memory loss and resiliency by the firmness of your handshake.

For this study, the researchers analyzed the results of 50 studies that centered on people of all ages globally. Since the measure of hand grip is frequently used, they had plenty of data.

“Hand-grip strength is easily measured and data on hand-grip strength now can be found in many of the most important surveys on aging worldwide,” says researcher Warren Sanderson.

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.