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A Canadian peer-reviewed journal of population health and health services research

October 2016

Grip strength reference values for Canadians aged 6 to 79: Canadian Health Measures Survey, 2007 to 2013

by Suzy L. Wong

Grip strength is a simple, fast and reliable measure of the maximum voluntary force of the hand. It is used to assess hand injuries and is an indicator of overall muscular strength, nutritional status, muscle mass and walking performance. Grip strength is also a marker of hypertension and type 2 diabetes and a predictor of all-cause, cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality, heart attack, stroke, disability and surgical complications.

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Reduced muscular strength among Canadians aged 60 to 79: Canadian Health Measures Survey, 2007 to 2013

by Suzy L. Wong

Reduced muscular strength has been associated with an increased risk of all-cause, cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality, heart attack, and stroke. At older ages, reduced strength is associated with impaired mobility, risk of falls, disability, and lower health-related quality of life.

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