A medical study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that being unable to stand on one foot for 10 seconds doubles a person’s risk of death over the next 10 years.
The network said CNN The American newspaper, which published a summary of the study’s results, said it would be helpful for middle-aged and older people to include a simple balance test in routine physical examinations.
He points out that while aging can lead to a decrease in physical fitness and muscle strength and flexibility, it can be reasonable until the age of 50 before the balance begins to decline.
In this study, 1,702 people aged 51 to 75 living in Brazil asked for balance without support on one leg during the initial examination.
The researchers asked people to place their free forelegs behind their standing legs and keep their hands on their sides while keeping their eyes straight forward. Each was allowed up to three attempts on both legs.
The mean age of the study participants was 61, two-thirds of whom were men. 1 out of 5 participants in the initial exam was not balanced on one leg for 10 seconds.
The researchers monitored participants for seven years after the test, during which 7 percent (123) of those surveyed died.
The mortality rate was 17.5 percent (17.5 percent) among those who failed the test, which is higher than the mortality rate (4.5 percent).
For those who fail the test, the risk of dying from any cause increases by 84 percent, even after calculating other factors such as age, gender, body mass index, pre-existing conditions or health risks.
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