Study: Your Hand Grip Can Reveal If You Are At Diabetes Risk
Type 2 diabetes is asymptomatic in its initial stages, and a prompt diagnosis can prevent or delay vascular complications such as neuropathy, retinopathy and nephropathy. For the study, researchers analysed data to establish normalized grip strength (grip strength relative to body weight) cut points for diabetes risk.
For example, the cut point for women aged 50-80 years is 0.49. This means that if a 60-year old woman’s combined grip strength from left and right hands was 43 kg, and her body weight was 90 kg, her normalized grip strength would be 0.478. Since this value is less than 0.49, this indicates that she is at increased risk for diabetes and further screening is warranted.
"Given the low cost, minimal training requirement and quickness of the assessment, the use of the normalized grip strength cut points in this paper could be used in routine health screenings to identify at-risk patients and improve diagnosis and outcomes," explained Dr Brown.