New research has shown that men with stronger grips are more likely to be married than men with weaker grips. What could that mean for the health of individual men? Almond Ngan | AFP / Getty Images )
Men with a stronger grip are more likely to be married than men with weaker grip. The unmarried men can experience the double burden of poorer health and lack of support from the spouses.
Grip Strength and Marital Possibilities
A group of researchers from the University of Columbia found a link between grip strength and probability of marriage. In particular, the male participants with stronger grips were more married than those with weaker grips.
The researchers collected their data with the help of more than 5,000 participants from a Norwegian city, in particular the relationship between hand strength and marital status of two groups: those born between 1
The two groups had an almost equal share of married men and in both groups the unmarried men had a lower grip strength. But compared to the older group, researchers in the second, younger cohort found more unmarried men with lower grip strength, and those who were never married had significantly lower grip strength .
Interesting how the results are that they were not equal for women because grip strength was not associated with their marital status. Researchers suggest that this may be associated with women who prefer partners who show strength, while men do not pay much attention to strength when choosing a partner.
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What are the findings of the study? In addition to social outcomes, grip strength is actually associated with health and predicts the risks of cardiovascular disease and mortality, especially in older adults. It allows adults a socially active and healthy life. Wife support offers many of these benefits, as women often promote healthier behaviors and provide preventative care while discouraging unhealthy lifestyles.
"In recent decades, women are less economically dependent on men time, men have a growing" health dependence "on women, said Vegard Skirbekk, PhD the Columbia Aging Center and Mailman School Professor of Population and Family Health, co-author of the study.
On the other hand hand, the unmarried men can experience the dual burden of a low grip strength and a lack of spouse support as they age. Therefore, researchers emphasize the importance of creating strategies that can help people in this population to lead a healthier life through programs that promote social interaction and provide information to help prevent the adverse consequences of living independently.
The study is published in the journal SSM-Population Health .
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