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Grip Strength Measurements Can Help Detect Diabetes Risk Early

Grip strength measurements can help detect diabetes risk early. New guidelines reveal that grip strength thresholds can identify type 2 diabetes. The research links strength measurements with the early start of type 2 diabetes.

This is very exciting because of the early stage of type 2 diabetes does not usually show any symptoms, making detection difficult and even cause cardiovascular issues.

The onset of type 2 diabetes can be detected through muscular weakness which reduces the strength of a person’s grip. This grip strength measurement can be a diagnostic signal for diabetes in adults.  However, there are no specific grip strength cut points available that identify type 2 diabetes.

Now, the researchers have found specific grip strength values that signify type 2 diabetes. The research will help doctors to perform quick and easy testing for diabetes.

The study findings were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. It was conducted by specialists from Oakland University and the University of West Scotland.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), currently diabetes affects more than 34 million people in The United States. Of them, 90–95% have type 2 diabetes which can lead to the risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

“As the type 2 diabetes patient population continues to increase in the United States, diagnosing this disease in its early stages is becoming increasingly more important for preventing complications caused by blood vessel damage associated with diabetes,” Elise C. Brown, first author of the study said.

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