If you get Balance on one leg can only be a sign of longevity.. People over the age of 50 who fail to maintain this balance for at least 10 seconds may be four times more likely to die at seven years of age than those who maintain their balance. Are you in this age group and are you curious? You can take the test. You can do this at home and there is no cost, but it is important to get help in case of imbalance.
The result is that a Study published in British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), One of the most important journals in the world, this Tuesday, the 21st, and in which Brazilian researchers had a significant participation. The study analyzed 1,702 people between the ages of 51 and 75 between 2009 and 2020. The goal was to find a link between physical fitness tests and health problems and death.
The test is very simple. Just stand on one leg, lift the foot slightly behind the other, for ten seconds, without support. The arms should be close to the body. Studies show that. Not being able to maintain balance in this position indicates an increased risk of death from a heart attack. Or hypertension, for example, as the study’s lead author points out, Dr. Claudio Gul Suarez de Araujo. It is for any age and gender.
“This is a much higher risk than coronary heart disease diagnosis, obesity, hypertension or dyslipidemic,” says the expert, director of research and education at Clinemax (Clinic of Exercise Medicine).
Studies show that, at age 50, failure to stand on one leg for ten seconds increases the risk of death by 3.8 times. The data showed 17.5% of those who did not complete the test and 4.6% of those who did. Other variables, such as body composition isolation, have a risk of 1.84. Claudio Araújo says, however, that the number is higher than the risk of high blood pressure (1.2) and obesity (1.3).
The results are so clear that researchers recommend including balance tests in routine adult tests. This test was included in Clinimex’s diagnostic protocol in 2008. Since then, more than 4,000 people between the ages of six and 102 have been surveyed. “It’s a doctor’s preference to look at blood pressure as well as the ability to stand on one leg, for example,” says the expert.
With age comes difficulty in maintaining balance.
By age 50, most people can easily balance. From this age the balance begins to deteriorate. By age 70, more than half of people are unable to balance properly. In addition to the risk of falling, other studies have linked loss of balance to an increased risk of stroke and dementia. Overall, 1 out of 5 study participants failed the test. Disability increases with age.
Researchers suggest that people with balance problems are more likely to fall. Falling is almost like breaking. 70% of accidental deaths in people over 75 years of age. However, the threshold can be changed. Claudio suggests that daily exercises, such as balancing on one leg in a ten-second set or brushing teeth with a raised leg, can help maintain balance. But it warns of the need for help in case of imbalance or of someone close.
Researchers say there are some limitations to the study. The participants were all white Brazilians, which makes it difficult to apply the results to other races and places. In addition, factors that may affect balance, such as the date of fall and the level of physical activity, were not considered in the study.