Take a close look at your hands. If your ring finger is significantly longer than your index finger you may be at a greater risk for osteoporosis of the knee, particularly if you're a woman.
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease associated with physical activity and estrogen deficiency.
A new study found an association between a large difference in the lengths of the index and ring fingers, and an increased risk for osteoarthritis of the knees and hips.
Even though men generally have shorter index fingers in relation to their ring fingers, it was women with uncommonly long ring fingers who were most at risk for knee osteoarthritis. The reason for this is unclear, but other research has linked finger lengths with hormonal differences.
Study subjects were in their 60s, on average.