A one-legged balance test can indicate your age.

An interesting study, apparently for no apparent reason, says that it has found a way to determine the probability of a person dying prematurely.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and conducted by Brazilian researchers from the Clinics of Exercise Medicine Clinics in Rio de Janeiro, found that if a middle-aged adult could not maintain balance, So he’s twice as likely to die in the next decade. Do yourself a leg for 10 seconds.

Credit: AirDark / Stock The study explores the relationship between balance and long-term survival.

How was the test done?

The analysis is based on data from 1,702 Brazilian participants between the ages of 51 and 75.

To ensure that all participants took the test in the same way, they were asked to place the front part of one foot on the back of the opposing leg, keep their arms around them, and keep their eyes forward.

The researchers also collected data on weight, waist size and blood pressure.

According to the researchers, those who failed the test had an 84% higher chance of dying. He also suffered from a number of health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

On the other hand, studies show that the ability to balance with one foot on the ground indicates the expectation of longevity.

Leading author of the study and sports and exercise therapist Claudio Gil source de Araujo said that poor balance is linked to weakness in the elderly and that muscle fitness is an important indicator of declining health.

Research has shown that the ability to maintain balance begins to decline relatively quickly after the age of 60.


Credit: Yulia Lekenko / Stock Research advocates the use of the ‘flamingo test’ in routine health check-ups for the elderly.

Participant follow-up

During an average follow-up period of seven years, 123 (7%) people died. According to the study, 32% had cancer; 30% die of heart disease; 9% due to respiratory disease and 7% due to complications of covid 19.

According to scientists, the death rate during this period was about four times higher among those who failed the test: 17.5 percent, compared to 4.6 percent who completed it.

However, after adjusting the survey for factors that may confuse the results, such as age, gender, and basic health condition, those who could not stand on one leg for 10 seconds, The chances of dying from any cause were 84% higher. Decade.

For the authors, the so-called ‘flamingo test’ can be used to provide ‘useful information’ about the risk of death in a routine health check-up for the elderly.

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