Handgrip strength cut-points for cardiometabolic risk identification in U.S. younger population

Benjamin DeHondt, Samar Madi, Dorin Drignei, Duncan Buchan, Elise Brown*

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Abstract

Identification of cardiometabolic risk (CMR) in U.S. younger population by assessing muscular strength via handgrip (HG) dynamometry may aid in prevention efforts. Currently, no nationally representative HG cut-points are available for identifying increased CMR in U.S. adolescents or young adults. In this study we propose normalized grip strength (NGS) cut-points for U.S. younger population CMR identification. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 data sets were used for analysis. A total of 1,033 participants (female [F], n=498; male [M], n=535) aged 12-24 years without current infection were included in analyses. The identified age- and sex-specific NGS cut-points are: M= 0.39 and F=0.34 (age=12-17 years), M= 0.45 and F=0.34 (age=18-24 years). These cut-points may be used in U.S. public health screening routines such as school- or community-based health-related fitness surveillance programs. Future work should use these cut-points in various samples to test their predictive utility for increased CMR.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2160254
JournalMeasurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Early online date21 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • dynamometer
  • obesity
  • prevention
  • muscular fitness
  • youth

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