This Simple Test Can Predict Your Risk of Death
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(PRWEB) December 29, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study indicating that how well a person gets up from a seated position can show their risk of death.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/anti-aging/this-simple-test-can-predict-your-risk-of-death) reports, a test, developed in Brazil, can reportedly predict one’s risk of all-cause mortality. By examining how a person gets up from a seated position on a floor, the researchers say that one can determine the risk of death.
As the article “This Simple Test Can Predict Your Risk of Death” explains, the research team recruited 2,002 adults (51 to 80 years old) and watched them sit down on the floor, and then get up without any help. They were told not to worry about how fast they moved, but that what was important was sitting and rising with minimum support. Each movement was scored out of five. Each support used, like a hand or knee, meant one point was subtracted.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article notes that over the course of six years, 159 of the people in the test died—a mortality rate of 7.9%. Most of the deaths occurred in those who scored low in the sitting-rising test. Only two people who had died had scored perfectly in the test. When they accounted for other risk factors for death, they found that the simple test was a “significant predictor” of all-cause mortality.
The article reports that if one scores in the lower range, they have a five to six times greater risk of death. Every point the subjects scored in the test was linked to a 21% reduced risk of death. To read further into it, the more difficulty one has picking up an object on the floor, getting up from a seated position, getting out of bed, or bending over to pick up the newspaper, the greater their risk of all-cause mortality.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes, researchers speculate that not only is aerobic exercise related to survival, but that keeping high levels of flexibility, muscle strength, and coordination is as well.
(SOURCE: Barbosa Barreto de Brito, L., et al., “Ability to sit and rise from the floor as a predictor of all-cause mortality,” European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention, published online December 13, 2012.)
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