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Golden advice from experts against the risk of premature death

A study in Brazil found that people who couldn’t stand on one leg for 10 seconds were 84 percent more likely to die than those who completed the exercise. So are you sure you are in good health? Experts have listed the signs to watch out for.

Following 2,000 people aged 50 to 75, Brazilian experts found that volunteers who failed to complete the flamingo test (stand on one leg for 10 seconds) were more likely to die prematurely than those who passed the test easily.

The Daily Mail has listed some signs by which you can measure whether you are in good health…

FLAMINGO TEST

During the study, conducted by researchers from the Clinimex Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, in which each participant was followed for an average of seven years, lead researcher Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo said that a good level of balance is essential for daily living and that loss of balance is “detrimental to health”.



WALKING SPEED

Researchers from France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research measured the walking speed of 3,200 people over the age of 65 who were followed for an average of five years.

The analyzes revealed that the slowest one-third of the walkers were 44 percent more likely to die by the end of the study, compared to the fastest group.

Those who walk fast may be fitter and have better cardiovascular health, the researchers said.



SITTING AND RISING

The researchers found that people who struggle to sit up and get up were five times more likely to die young.

Scientists from Gama Filho University in Brazil studied 2,002 people aged 51 to 80 who were asked to take the sit-up test.

The results showed that those who struggled the hardest to complete the test were 5.4 times more likely to die than those who succeeded easily.

The researchers said their findings identify those who lose mobility, flexibility and muscle with age, a sign of poor health.

CLIMBING THE STAIRS

Being able to climb four flights of stairs without any problems may also indicate that you will avoid an early death.

Researchers in Spain trained more than 12,000 people on treadmills and had them gradually increase the pace until they got tired. Their hearts were also monitored at the same time.

The study, published in the European Heart Journal in 2018, followed the health of volunteers for five years. Participants considered to be in poor health had mortality rates from all causes, as well as heart disease, nearly three times higher than their fitter peers.



GRIP POWER

Using data from the UK Biobank, a huge database of British health records, experts in Scotland examined the cognitive strength of 500,000 volunteers aged 40 to 69.

The findings, published in the British Medical Journal in 2018, show that for every 5kg decrease in participants’ grip strength, their risk of death, cardiovascular disease and cancer from any cause increases by one-fifth.

Grip strength acts as an indicator of skeletal muscle health, the researchers said.

EXAM

An international team set out to examine whether there is a link between physical fitness and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Between 2000 and 2010, they recruited 1,100 firefighters who were regularly asked to do as many push-ups as they could at a local medical clinic.

According to the findings, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, 37 people were diagnosed with heart disease during their 10 years of follow-up.

But those who could do more than 40 push-ups were 96 percent less likely to do one, compared to those who could do fewer than 10 push-ups.

Source From: Sozcu

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