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People unable to balance on one leg in middle age are twice as likely to die early, scientists say

Middle-aged people who can’t balance on one leg are twice as likely to die early, scientists say.

Researchers in Brazil, who assessed 2,000 people aged 50 to 75, found that those who couldn’t stand on one leg for 10 seconds were 84 per cent more likely to die within the next decade than those who completed the exercise.

The ‘simple and safe’ balance test can spot people with poorer health — with those struggling to complete the activity more likely to suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

The ‘flamingo test’ could be used in routine health checks for older adults to provide ‘useful information’ on their risk of death, the team said.

Researchers in Brazil, who assessed 2,000 people aged 50 to 75, found that those who couldn’t stand on one leg for 10…


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