Unable to balance on one leg for 10 seconds? Why people in their fifties shouldn’t ignore it

Our lives revolve around finding the right balance. And a new study suggests why it’s important to stand on one leg for less than 10 seconds.

Not being able to stand on one leg could be a sign of something more serious than you think. Researchers have found that people who find it difficult to balance on one leg for 10 seconds in middle age and older are nearly as likely to die within 10 years than those who can. An 84 percent risk of death from any cause was recorded.

Study results show that people who couldn’t balance themselves on one leg were more likely to have a stroke. Moreover, these people also performed poorly on cognitive tests, indicating the potential for mental decline and dementia. Dementia is a term used to refer to a cognitive impairment that makes it difficult for an individual to remember, think or make decisions.

The 12-year study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, between 2008 and 2020 included 1,702 people (ages 51 to 75) who showed signs of movement stability.

For the study, the researchers asked participants to place the free forefoot on the back of the opposite leg while keeping their arms by their sides and their gazes fixed forward. Up to three attempts were allowed on either foot.

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One in five (21 percent) of the participants failed the test. Over the next decade, about 123 people died of various causes.

The benefits are not limited to standing on one leg only. Following an active lifestyle can also make a big difference.

Earlier this month, another study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Data collected from 130,957 women of European descent showed that exercise and limiting sedentary behavior significantly reduced women’s risk of developing breast cancer by 40 percent.

The study found that people who had genes indicating they had sat for longer periods had a 104 percent higher risk of developing triple-negative breast cancer – the most difficult to treat form of the disease.

The results were consistent across types of hormone-negative tumors, which tend to grow faster than breast cancers with estrogen or progesterone receptors. It also provides “strong evidence” that more general physical activity and less sitting time is likely to reduce breast cancer risk.

Watch out for Alzheimer’s symptoms: dementia, weakness, mood swings

Watch out for Alzheimer’s symptoms: dementia, weakness, mood swings

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys a person’s memory and other mental functions. This neurodegenerative disease usually begins slowly and gets progressively worse. In simple terms, Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects memory, behavior, and thinking. World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated on September 21 every year, to create and spread awareness among the masses about the disease.