What your grip strength says about your health

I’ve always been the go-to jar opener in my house. If my wife couldn’t get something open, she knew she could bring it to me and I’d most likely be able to get it. It made me feel strong, but there’s more to having a strong grip than meets the eye.

Scientific studies have proven that your grip strength is a direct indicator of your risk for significant health problems.

Past studies have linked grip strength to:

• Heart attack

• Stroke

• Dementia

• Loss of mobility

• Decreased longevity

• Lower chances of survival if you get cancer

And a recent study is shedding more light on the link between your health and your grip strength.

The study by Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan found that for every 0.05 decrease in normalized grip strength you have a:

• 49 percent increased odds for diabetes

• 46 percent increased odds of hyperglycemia (too much glucose in your bloodstream — a precursor to diabetes)

• 15 percent increased odds of high triglycerides

• 22 percent increased odds of low HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol that helps protect your heart)

• 19 percent increased odds of hypertension

• 36 percent increased odds for disability status

Who knew that being able to open a jar of pickles was so important?

Get out a tightly sealed jar and test yourself. Can you open it easily? Or do you struggle and need someone else to get it open?

If you struggle, the time to start working on your grip strength to reduce your risk of future health problems is now.

There are a number of ways you can do it.

The easiest one I know of is to grab one of those stress balls and squeeze. Keep one sitting next to you at your desk or by the couch where you watch TV so you will remember to use it regularly.

Other ways to strengthen your grip include:

SandBells — These are neoprene bags filled with sand. To use them, simply grab the center of the SandBell and hold it up for a few seconds and then switch it to the other hand. Since the sand is constantly shifting, your grip has to change with it, strengthening those tiny muscles in your hands and fingers.

Kettlebell Walk — Hold two kettlebells of equal weight (one in each hand). Squeeze your hand tightly around the handle with your arms hanging at your side. Walk for one minute as you continue to squeeze. As a bonus, once you no longer feel the pressure in your hands, you can move up to heavier kettlebells.

The rubber band — Place a rubber band around the outside of all five of your fingers (including your thumb) and stretch it outward. If one band feels too easy, you can add as many rubber bands as you need.

Grippers — You’ve probably seen these before. They’re the classic hand exercisers you can buy in the store that you simply squeeze together.

Another thing I rely on now to help give me the extra edge to push, pull or grip a little harder is Peak Maximum Endurance™. I feel like it invigorates my whole body.



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Radio silence: Stations set to dump Michael Savage

President Trump and Michael Savage at the president's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida Feb. 18.

President Trump and Michael Savage at the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.

Talk-radio host Michael Savage’s long-time nationally syndicated show is about to go dark in major markets, including New York City, despite high ratings, according to his lawyer.

Daniel Horowitz told the Washington Times’ Cheryl Chumley it’s because of political distaste for Savage’s fiercely independent streak.

“Michael’s voice, unlike [his conservative competitors] has always been very independent,” Horowitz said. “Savage is completely a wild card, right? And that’s what they’re trying to kill. It’s all about corporate control. Taking him off the air is not a business decision.”

Savage told the Times the only reason he can see for the move is “politics.”

“It makes no sense. I have a loyal, large audience. Why not at least do reruns at night?”

The Times noted WABC recently issued a news release indicating Savage will move to a new format, with one hour of radio alongside one hour of podcast.

But Horowitz said he’s seen emails between Savage and WABC officials indicating “The Savage Nation” will end its run on the station Jan. 7.

Horowitz said stations in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., also will drop the program.

In 2016, Savage was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in the category of Spoken Word On-Air Personality, based on the votes of the listening American public.

The Times noted Radio Insight reported in September that Savage’s syndicator, Westwood One, was “shaking up its weekday afternoon Conservative Talk block,” with Ben Shapiro going national while Michael Savage cuts back to one hour.

“Networks are actually losing millions of dollars in order to keep Michael’s voice off these stations,” Horowitz said.

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Dem senator tells Republican to ‘kill yourself’

(WASHINGTON TIMES) — New York state Sen. Kevin Parker told a Republican Senate staffer to kill herself in a now-deleted tweet Tuesday.

Mr. Parker, a Democrat who is known for his temper, tweeted the offending comment to Senate deputy Republican communications director Candice Giove after she reported that a parking placard assigned to Mr. Parker was placed in a car to which it wasn’t registered.

“Kill yourself!” Mr. Parker tweeted in response.

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‘Outright Christian persecution’: Baker fights back

(CBN) — WASHINGTON — Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips is back in court today, going on the offense after Colorado officials came after him a second time. This time it’s because he declined to celebrate an LGBT activist’s transgender transition from male to female.

With the state’s relentless attacks against his faith, Phillips has decided to sue the state. The Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Phillips, stating, “The very same state agencies decided to go after him a second time. If that isn’t government hostility towards people of faith, what is?”

“Jack had no choice but to file a federal lawsuit to defend himself from this targeting. He should not have to fear government punishment for his faith when he opens his cake shop for business every day. But it appears that Colorado will not stop harassing him until he closes down or agrees to violate his faith,” the ADF website states.

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Sandra Bullock has unique solution to Oscars dilemma

(FOX) — Audience participation could transform the Oscars next year if Sandra Bullock has her way.

In order to resolve the host-less situation for the 2019 awards show, Bullock, a former Academy Award-winner, revealed an unorthodox suggestion: have actors in the crowd picked randomly to participate.

And those planning the Academy Awards “don’t even have to tell them it’s happening, just put up the teleprompter, and go, ‘it’s your turn,’” Bullock told the outlet. “You’re an actor, figure it out.”

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Limbaugh: Trump should ‘shut down this whole DOJ’


President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

President Trump (Photo: Twitter)

The Washington establishment is all stressed this week because Democrats are refusing to negotiate with the president regarding the need for some $5 billion border-wall funding, which needs to be resolved or there could be a partial shutdown of the government on Friday night.

Democrats had supported a much higher figure earlier, but apparently – solely because it’s President Trump’s plan to enhance southern border security with pieces of wall, fences and more, they have stated they will not do anything now.

While whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh is suggesting Trump actively and decisively shut down another part of the government.

The U.S. Department of Justice.

He said the president should adopt a new personal attitude.

“‘I’m not gonna worry about election. I’m not gonna worry about showing the Democrats this or that. I’m just gonna get this stuff done, and if kills my reelection effort, then so be it. But I’m gonna get it done,’” Limbaugh suggested Trump adopt.

“That attitude: Forget re-election, forget thinking about positioning for re-election, forget about donations, forget about all the things that accompany a presidential run and focus on the agenda and get it done as though you’re one term.”

Limbaugh continued, “You just don’t announce it. I’m just talking about adopting a mental attitude, and I think he ought to do something else. I will tell you, I told Rudy [Giuliani] this last night. Shut down this whole DOJ… Shut it down. Just use the power of the executive branch to shut this down! What’s going on here is an outrage! All of this is happening on the biggest phony premise that the Steele dossier was legit! It isn’t!”

His comments followed audio sound bites of a discussion between Shaun Ley, a radio host in the United Kingdom, and former TIME London bureau chief, Jef McAllister.

Their topic was the Russia investigation and President Trump, an investigation that has produced a Democrat-dominated special counsel review into the president based on what amounts to an unverified opposition research document from Hillary Clinton’s campaign that was submitted by federal officials to a secret court as evidence – and used to obtain permission to send spies into the Trump campaign.

This all was done under the auspices of Barak Obama, while he was in the White House.

Limbaugh played Ley’s comment: How much longer will the American people produce loyalty – or some section of the people – towards this president? How much longer can you suffer the ignominy of a man like him so much in disgrace by his own words! You can’t go on feeling loyalty towards your chief executive much longer when he’s under such accusations.”

But, Limbaugh noted about the next audio segment, there is an answer.

In that, McAllister said, “We have a very split system, and it’s a separate media environment. The Fox News/Rush Limbaugh world, uhhh, really they think he’s beset upon by liberal media interests in the Democrats and a lot of his lies. Yes, he’s got some mistakes but it’s basically unfair.”

Limbaugh said the real problem is that the Washington establishment has “turned every waking hour of life in Washington now into an investigation of Donald Trump.”

“The line is gonna be, ‘Even if he didn’t do any of it, this has never happened before! Every aspect of the man’s life, every inhale and exhale of breath is being investigated,’” he said.

“‘We can’t go on this way. There has to be something there! Nobody is ever been investigated to this extent, and it doesn’t just happen.’ So they’re gonna say that even if there is no evidence about anything, the simple fact that there are so many investigations means it can’t go on like this, and that it shouldn’t,” Limbaugh said.

“It’s called flooding the zone,” Limbaugh said.

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Ex-elections chief Brenda Snipes sues to get job back

(SUN-SENTINEL) — Former Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes is taking Gov. Rick Scott to federal court, looking to clear her name and professional reputation by filing a lawsuit calling her suspension “malicious” and “unnecessary.”

Snipes wants her job back, with back pay, and she wants a federal judge to strike down the governor’s right to remove her as unconstitutional.

The lawsuit does not address what Snipes will do if she prevails — days before her resignation she said it was “time to move on” after holding the job for 15 years.

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