Ability to balance on one leg linked to strokes and dementia

December 19, 2014 5:43 AM

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Ability to balance on one leg linked to strokes and dementia

Scientists have linked a person’s ability, or inability to balance on one leg for periods of 20-seconds or longer to strokes and dementia in the long term. Japanese researchers are suggesting that those who cannot balance or stand on one leg for a period of at least 20-seconds is more likely at risk for a stroke or dementia at some point in their lives. The study also showed that those who cannot balance at all, or who have a difficult time balancing on one leg – might have also already had a small stroke.

Yasuharu Tabara, the lead author on the study pointed out that “Individuals showing instability while standing on one leg, as well as problems walking, should receive increased attention, as this physical frailty may signal potential brain abnormalities and mental decline.”

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