Handgrip strength and depression among 34,129 adults aged 50 years and older in six low- and middle-income countries.

Affiliation

Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London,De Crespigny Park, London Box SE5 8AF, United Kingdom; Department of Exercise Sciences, University of Toronto, 55 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2W6, Canada. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Handgrip strength is a simple and inexpensive marker of health and mortality risk. It presents an ideal risk-stratifying method for use in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). There are, however, no population-based studies investigating the associations between handgrip strength and depression in LMICs. We aimed to assess these associations among community-dwelling middle-aged and older adults using nationally representative data from six LMICs.

Keywords

Depression,Hand grip strength,Health,Mental health,Older adults,