In Brazil, 2,000 people between the ages of 50 and 75 were evaluated. It has been proven that those who cannot stand on one leg have an 84 percent higher risk of dying. Here are the striking and research and results…
Not being able to stand on one leg for 10 seconds is a big problem. Obesity is the main cause of this problem.
RESEARCH AND ITS RESULTS
Scientists say middle-aged people who can’t balance on one leg are twice as likely to die prematurely.
Researchers evaluating 2,000 people aged 50 to 75 in Brazil found that those who could not stand on one leg for 10 seconds were 84 percent more likely to die within the next decade than those who completed the exercise.
The ‘flamingo test’ could be used in routine health checkups to provide ‘useful information’ about older adults’ mortality risks, the researchers said.
A team from the CLINIMEX Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro examined the results of a previous study to understand whether a balance test is an indicator of health.
The study, which began in 1994, looked at 1,702 people in Brazil who passed various fitness tests, including standing on one leg for 10 seconds without any support.
To get all participants to do this the same way, they were asked to place the front of one foot behind the other lower leg, keeping their arms at their sides and gaze straight ahead.
The researchers also collected data on their weight, waist size, and blood pressure. The volunteers were followed for an average of seven years.