Can standing on one leg really predict how long you will live?
According to research, Yes
Kyoto University researchers led by Yasuharu Tabara have identified poor balance as an indicator of potential stroke and reduced lifespan.
The research studied a group of 1,300 middle-aged and older people. They found that being unable to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer is associated with early changes to blood vessels in the brain that potentially indicate future stroke risk.
They found the subjects who had trouble balancing for this length of time had cerebral small vessel disease, minute haemorrhages, or both.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) falls are the second commonest cause of accidental deaths worldwide.
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