If you have difficulty standing on one leg, it can be a sign not only of a lack of physical fitness but also of a serious medical problem.
If middle-aged people cannot maintain balance on one leg for 10 seconds, the risk of dying from any disease in the next 10 years is almost double that of others.
The claim was made in a study by international medical experts.
Experts from the United States, Britain, Australia, Finland and Brazil examined the link between physical balance and death for 12 years.
He said that although the study was observational and no cause could be identified, the results were shocking.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, included 1,702 people aged 51 to 75 and examined their health from 2008 to 2020.
At the beginning of the study, the volunteers were asked to stand on one leg for 10 seconds without support.
At this point, one in five individuals (21%) failed the test, and over the next 10 years, 123 members of this group died of various causes.
After considering all the factors (age, sex and pre-existing disease, etc.), the researchers found that failure to stand on one leg for 10 seconds increased the risk of death for any reason in the next few years. Percentage increases.
In the past, research on physical balance has shown that failure to maintain balance on one leg indicates a risk of stroke.
Similarly, the risk of mental retardation has been found to be higher in people who are unable to maintain balance.
“Given these results, we suggest that balance tests should be included in the routine medical examination of middle-aged people,” said the experts involved in the new study.
Contrary to the strength and flexibility of the muscles, the physical balance remains correct until the sixth decade of life, after which it begins to decline.
But physical balance is not yet used for health checks because there are no tests available.