If you are over 50, take the time to do this simple test: try to keep balance on one leg for about ten seconds by placing your free foot on the back of the opposite leg, without leaning on any support. . Have you arrived? All the better for you. Otherwise, it may be a sign of early mortality, the Guardian reports.
This news, certainly anxiogenic, is based on the findings of an international research team led by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo of Clinimex, the exercise medicine clinic in Rio de Janeiro.
Over the period from 2008 to 2020, the researchers asked 1,702 people between the ages of 51 and 75 to take this test (three trials were granted). According to the findings of their study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on June 21, 2022, one in five adults failed to keep their balance.
Of the participants who failed the test, 123 died of various causes over the next decade. The researchers deduced that failing to stand on one leg for ten seconds “It was associated with an 84% increase in the risk of decay”explains the British newspaper.
A useful exam during routine visits
If this study has its limitations, especially because it does not seek to establish the cause of these failures and the participants were from a single ethnic group (Caucasian Brazilians), this is not the first time the lack of balance appears to be related to health problems. Previous research has shown that the inability to balance could be associated with a higher risk of stroke or dementia, the Guardian said.
Yet, balance tests are rarely effective in exams in the elderly. Researchers therefore believe that such a test should be routinely included in routine physician visits. This exam could provide “Useful information on the risk of mortality in middle-aged and older men and women”.