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What’s in a handshake? A lot more than you think.

It doesn’t just indicate confidence, high self-esteem or assertiveness; according to a study conducted by doctors in Hamilton, Ont., the strength of your grip can reveal your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, along with your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

In a nutshell, the more limp your handshake, the more likely it is that your health isn’t optimal. Published in U.K. medical journal The Lancet, the study asserts that testing someone’s hand strength is just as reliable as taking someone’s blood pressure in terms of analyzing an individual’s health risks.

So if anyone has ever said you have a weak handshake, might want to work on that. (Pro tip: Beyonce takes it there by using BOTH hands. Can’t argue with that.)

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