Do you ever struggle to open pickle jars? Well, according to a study, that COULD be a sign that you're dying. (???) (KIDDING! Sort of.)
New research out of Austria has found that "weak handgrip strength" may signal more serious health issues . . . like heart problems, lung issues, and even a lower life expectancy.
It's complicated, but basically handgrip strength can be a quick and inexpensive way to assess overall muscle strength. And muscle strength has proven to be a fairly accurate indicator of mortality.
The study basically created different ranges of strength that can be measured . . . and then compared it to others of the same age, sex, and body height.
Interestingly enough, it doesn't work both ways. The concern is having weaker-than-average strength. A STRONGER-than-average handgrip doesn't necessarily mean you'll live an EXTRA LONG life.
(Study Finds / IIASA)