Hands can tell a lot about a person, how they’ve lived and how healthy they are. Recent studies show that hands may also help diagnose certain illnesses or assess the risks of developing health problems in the future. Here’s what your hands can tell you about your health:
1. Finger Length And Arthritis Risk
A study of more than 2,000 people suggests that women whose index finger is shorter than their ring finger are up to twice as likely to suffer from osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis. (source)
This trait is said to be linked with lower estrogen levels and is common in men.
2. Shaky Hands And Parkinson’s Disease
Shaky hands can indicate something as simple as too much caffeine or nervous energy.
It can even be a side effect of certain medications, like antidepressants, or indicate malnutrition.
If you have chronic tremors in your hands or face, talk to your doctor : it may be the first symptom of Parkinson’s disease (1).
3. Nail Color And Kidney Disease
Common nail-related symptoms of kidneys disease include side-to-side lines, rough nails with ridges , spoon-shaped or concave nail beds or distinct white streaks and spots. (source)
Patients with chronic kidney disease also tend to have half-white, half-pink nails (2). This is caused by increased concentration of certain hormones and chronic anemia, both symptoms of chronic kidney disease.
4. Grip strength And Heart Health
Weak grip predicts a higher risk of heart attack or stroke and lower chances of survival, according to a new Lancet study of nearly 140,000 adults in 17 countries.
Grip strength was a better and cheaper predictor of death than blood pressure and other common medical test.
This test determined overall muscle strength and fitness, which suggests that whole-body strength training and aerobic exercise could reduce overall risk of death. (source)
5. Sweaty Palms And Hyperhidrosis
Excessive sweating is a symptom of menopause, thyroid conditions and a side-effect of certain medications.
When it chronically occurs in one or two parts of the body, it may be a sign of hyperhidrosis, a condition in which overactive sweat glands cause far more perspiration than necessary.
Hyperhidrosis may affect quality of life and may necessitate a visit to the doctor, acupuncturist or naturopath. (source)
6. Fingerprints And High blood Pressure
British researchers studied 139 men and women to see what fingerprints can say about blood pressure.
They found that people with a whorl (spiral) pattern on one or more fingers were more likely to have high blood pressure than people with arches or loops.
”The greater the number of fingers with whorls, the higher (is) the systolic blood pressure,” said Dr. David Barker.
This suggests that high blood pressure in adults can be traced to development of the fetus in the womb. (source)