Older Folks Who Can’t Stand on One Leg for 10 Seconds Have Double the Risk of Death, Study Finds

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If you’re 50 or older, try standing on one leg and holding it for 10 seconds. If you can do it, congrats! You’re likely pretty healthy (or at least have been keeping up with your Wii Sports balance board over a decade later). If you can’t, though, we have bad news: Your risk of death is doubled that of those who can.

That’s the conclusion put forth in a study published on Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Researchers found that middle-aged and older people faced a doubled risk of death from any reason in the following decade if they couldn’t stand on one leg for 10 seconds or longer. The findings suggest that balance assessments should be worked into routine health and fitness check ups.

“In this context, the availability of simple, inexpensive, reliable and safe balance assessment tools that could help predict survival would potentially be beneficial to health professionals evaluating and treating older adults,” the study authors wrote.

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