Firm handshake and brisk walking predict a long life

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A decades-long study of more than 50,000 people has revealed that our grip strength, the speed we walk or get up from a chair and our ability to balance are the possible indicators of how long we may live.

The Medical Research Council measured the firmness of the grip in study volunteers across 33 countries aged from 18 years to over 80.

The link between grip strength and survival could be seen in younger as well as older adults.

Other tests of physical capability, including tests of walking speed, chair-rising and standing balance, were conducted in volunteers aged 60 years and older.

The study is published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

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