Foreign researchers, after analyzing the results of 12 years of work, spoke about a simple test that can warn middle-aged and elderly people that there are serious problems with their health. This article was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The Guardian.
Experts concluded that the inability to stand unsupported on one leg for ten seconds increases the risk of death from any cause by 84 percent.
The experiment involved about two thousand volunteers aged 51 to 75 who were asked to assume the flamingo position. Namely: put the foot of one leg on the back of the lower leg of the other, lower the arms along the body. In this case, you need to look straight ahead. It was necessary to stay in this position for at least 10 seconds. Participants in the experiment were given three attempts on each leg.
It is reported that one in five study participants failed the test – a fraction of them died within the next decade.
“This 10-second test may provide useful information about the risk of mortality in middle-aged and older men and women,” the researchers said.
Source: Российская газета by rg.ru.
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