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If this balance test is not passed, it could mean that there is a risk of premature death

An investigation published in British Journal of Sports Medicine It was based on the lives of people from the analysis of body balance through a posture, in Brazil. Indeed, those responsible for the study concluded that when there is a reduction in balance, the chances of affecting a healthy prognosis increase.

Under the leadership of a team specialized in sports health, there was an analysis of clinical data related to physical exercises. From it, it was established that the inability to stand on one leg for at least ten seconds can be diagnostic of life deficit in middle-aged and older people.

For scientists, although this action seems irrelevant, it shows the opposite: “There is an almost double risk of death from any cause in the next ten years,” they explain.

The medical specialist in exercise and main author of the study, Claudio Gil Araújo, details that in order to deepen the premise much more, a comparison was made with vital data from different patients.

Thus, researchers from the Clinimex exercise medicine clinic in Rio de Janeiro and the Bristol Medical School share that balancing on one foot could be proof of life. It should even be included in a daily check-up by doctors and specialists, especially in the elderly population.

According to the World Health Organization, a person is considered elderly when he or she is 60 years of age or older.

A person is older from the age of 60, according to the WHO. Photo: Getty Images. – Foto: Getty Images

In addition to this, the study indicates that compared to aerobic fitness, strength and muscular flexibility, the balance could remain stable in a person until their sixth decade of life. This is because, over the years, factors such as speed decreases due to habits or relationship mode.

However, one of the challenges detailed by the University of Bristol is that a method for health checks of middle-aged and older men and women with a balance test has not yet been established.

On the other hand, the population sample that participated in the research took into account data collected and evaluated by the private clinic specialized in Exercise and Sports Medicine Clinimex, which is located in Copacabana.

Since 1994, information began to accumulate on this analyzed aspect that interferes in physical activity with the health index in the human being. Thus, in the new and recent publication, the help of new patients was needed.

For this case, People between the ages of 51 and 75 underwent an extensive evaluation in which there were an estimated 1,702 volunteers, who participated for years, between 2009 and 2021.

As part of the most representative results, the scientists found that one in five of the participants could not maintain their balance. Taking into account the shared universal figure, this equates to 350 people and showed that the result will show twice as likely for every additional five years in each subject.

Together, A medical check-up was carried out accompanied by a follow-up of the participants over the years. The specialists focused on the details of the deaths and the causes that caused the death of some.

With all this, it was concluded, indeed, that more participants who could not maintain their balance died.

In percentage figures, the publication states that only 4.5% of those who could stand on one leg for ten seconds died; while on the other side of the scale, more than 17% of people who could not pass the balance test died.

Among the most common conditions, the presence of type 2 diabetes was found, so it is believed that this affected the balance of many.

“Diabetes is a disease that affects the neurological system. It affects both the Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System. Therefore, it may be that the individual does not yet manifest such a clear picture of neurological damage, but this may mean that he or she can no longer balance as easily, “explained the main author.

Accumulating fat can bring diseases such as heart problems and type 2 diabetes, for this reason experts advise exercising and eating a balanced diet.  Photo: Gettyimages.
Accumulating fat can bring diseases such as heart problems and type 2 diabetes, for this reason experts advise exercising and eating a balanced diet. Photo: Gettyimages. – Foto: Foto Gettyimages

Nevertheless, more than diabetes, there were those who had a poor health four with signs of obesity, heart complications, high blood pressure and blood fat.

Therefore, after analyzing the variables that had to do with age, sex and underlying diseases, the inability to stand on one leg while controlling balance for ten continuous seconds represents 84% ​​of the risk of death from any cause in the following decade, the study experts concluded.

It should be noted that despite the findings, the reason for the situation is still unclear, so more scientific and academic evidence is needed.

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