It seems there is a correlation between the length of certain fingers and arthritis so I thought I should let you know about it. Although on the surface, this seems ridiculous, it is still worth looking into.
Finger length is something usually predetermined whilst still in the womb. Could it mean that the longer finger means there was more exposure to certain hormones, such as testosterone, as in the case of ring fingers. With index fingers that are longer, higher exposure to estrogen is suggested. Some cancers, like breast cancer, for example, is estrogen fueled. The leap then is to suggest that longer index fingers could mean a higher exposure to breast cancer. Just as in men, more testosterone could indicate a higher rate of prostate cancer.
It would seem that the difference between the length of index and ring fingers has been looked into. For example normally women’s ring fingers tend to be shorter than their index fingers. This is true of mine on both hands, although there isn’t a lot of difference and I guess everyone is different. With men it’s the opposite – their ring fingers are usually longer than their index fingers.
In 2010 there was a study that found that men who had noticeably longer index fingers than ring fingers were 33% less likely to develop prostate cancer. However longer index fingers in women could mean a higher risk of breast cancer.
However, women whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers are more likely to get osteoarthritis. Also, osteoarthritis of the knees seem to be more common if your ring finger is longer than your index finger and applies to both men and women.
Although this is quite controversial, there was a study in 2008 about arthritis and rheumatism in relation to finger length and as mentioned there was a study in 2010 as well.
While this is all very interesting, I believe we should first find out how many people were in this study and what sort of ethnicity. I have no idea but maybe it’s more common in Asian ladies to have longer ring fingers, for example, whereas this isn’t the case with Caucasians. Who knows? Certainly I don’t.
If you would like to see the whole article, it’s here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-things-your-hands-say-about-your-health.html?page=2