10-second test reveals the risk of death in the next 7 years

Brazilian scientists conducted an unusual study on the basis of the Clinimex exercise therapy clinic. It was attended by 1,702 volunteers aged 51 to 75 years. Between 2008 and 2020, scientists regularly received data on the condition of the subjects and conducted 10-second tests for balancing on one leg.

During such tests, the volunteer stands on one leg, the free leg touches the back of the skating leg. Then he puts his hands on his belt and tries not to move. Each participant had 3 attempts to pass the test, but even so, about 20% failed to do so. The percentage of people unable to hold on increased with age:

  • 5% aged 51 to 55;
  • 8% aged 56 to 60;
  • 18% aged 61 to 65;
  • 37% aged 66 to 70;
  • 54% are between the ages of 71 and 75.

Most of those who failed the test were overweight or had cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol. Adjusting the results for age, gender, and health status, those who failed had an 84% higher risk of dying over the next seven years than those who passed the test.

Although such a test may indicate increased risks, it is not a complete diagnosis of a person’s condition. It also does not help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular and other diseases. It’s just a test for potential mortality from any cause. But how does it work?

Many doctors believe that the ability to maintain balance can be a good indicator of a person’s overall health. Since such a test takes only 10 seconds, this is a good way to measure the possible risk of death. However, it will obviously not give you detailed information about the risk of any diseases or other problems.

The researchers believe that such a balance test would be useful for doctors, along with other tests aimed at identifying the risks of possible diseases in order to prevent them. But you can reduce the risks of serious diseases in other ways – for starters, it will be enough to watch less TV .

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