Men with stronger handshakes are more likely to get married - study

Why women tend to go for men with strong handshakes

The research carried out by scientists from Colombia University said that women prefer partners with grip strength which has long been considered a measure of health.

The study, which used data from more than 5,000 adults, was the first to show a link between grips and marriage.

Study author Dr Vegard Skirbekk said: 'Our results hint that women may be favouring partners who signal strength and vigour when they marry.'

He suggested this could be because women prefer healthier men, who won't need to be cared for in old-age as much.

The researchers however didn't find the same link present for women.

Weak grips

Dr Skirbe called for social policy intervention to help men with weak grips as they are more likely to be shunned by their partners, which some studies have suggested could lead them to an early grave.

Infact, a University College London research in 2010 found a weak grip can predict a greater risk of premature death.

Participants in the study were asked to squeeze a vigorimeter - an instrument which measures grip  strength using a rubber balloon.

Other studies have found men with strong handshakes are less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and cope better on their own.

This effect is thought to be due to more blood being pumped around the body in individuals who have high hand strength.

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