If you don’t stand for 10 seconds, is your risk of death higher in 7 years? … Announcement of the Brazilian study group

The study found that middle-aged people over 50 who couldn’t stand on one leg for 10 seconds had a higher risk of death within a few years.

One study found that people aged 50 and over who couldn’t stand on one leg for 10 seconds could nearly double their risk of dying in seven years.

On the 22nd (local time) according to foreign media such as CNN, the research team of the Clinical Fitness Research Clinic of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil recently published a study in the British Journal on the ‘Relationship between the sense of balance and the risk of death’. Sports Medicine.

The study team studied 1,702 men and women ages 51 to 75 between 2009 and 2020 who had a sense of balance of ‘standing on one foot’ and then the death rate of the participants after 7 years.

During the experiment, participants placed their hands on their hips, eyes in front of them, and maintained balance on one leg. If the balance is held for more than 10 seconds at least once in three total rounds, it’s a win. The balance failure rate was around 20.4%, which was 1 in 5.

Approximately 7 years later, as a result of determining the mortality rate of the participants in the experiment, the total mortality rate was 123 (7.2%). Among them, it was analyzed that the mortality rate of successful participants on one leg was 4.6% and the mortality rate of participants who failed to stand on one leg reached 17.5%. Researchers have found that unsuccessful participants have an 84% greater risk of dying from any cause than successful participants.

The researchers found that participants who fail to balance are more likely to suffer from conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease than those who are successful. In particular, the number of people with type 2 diabetes was three times higher.

The study was led by a physician from the Brazilian Clinic of Exercise Medicine. Claudio Gilarovho suggested that “the inclusion of ‘stand on one leg’ in the physical examination of middle-aged men would be of great help in predicting death”. It is said that cognitive brain function, muscle coordination and balanced blood flow can be tested simultaneously by ‘balancing ability’.

However, when introducing the content of this study, CNN did not analyze the causal relationship between ‘balance ability’ and ‘mortality’ and also showed that there are clear limitations.

It also pointed out that key external factors, such as the participants’ experience of falling, their regular exercise and eating habits, whether they smoked or took medication, were not taken into account in the analysis. The cause of death of the deceased was not analyzed.