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‘Flamingo test’ study reveals chances of living longer: study

Participants had to stand on one leg while keeping their head straight and their arms extended at their sides for 10 seconds.

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Are you middle-aged and unable to stand on one leg for 10 seconds?

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Well, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has bad news for you.

Middle-aged people who can’t do the ‘flamingo test’ for 10 seconds are at increased risk of dying within seven years, according to study by researchers in Brazil

The study is the result of tests – participants had to stand on one leg while keeping their heads straight and their arms stretched out at their sides – of 1,702 Brazilians aged 51 to 75, then tracked their health for, on average. , seven years.

Written by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo of the CLINIMEX exercise medicine clinic in Rio de Janeiro, the study showed that 20% of participants were unable to complete the balance test, according to the New York Post.

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Not surprisingly, results deteriorated in older participants because balance deteriorates with age. Only 5% of people aged 51 to 55 failed the test, compared to 54% of people aged 71 to 75.

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After an average of seven years, 7% of participants had died, including 17.5% of those who failed the test. Of those who passed the test, only 5% had died.

The researchers concluded that there was an “84% higher risk of all-cause mortality” for those unable to complete the Flamingo test.

“We regularly need … one-legged posture, to get out of a car, to go up or down a step or a staircase, etc.,” Araujo told CNN. “Not having this ability or being afraid to do so is probably linked to a loss of autonomy and, therefore, less exercise and the snowball begins.”

The study also suggested that people who failed the test were more likely to be overweight and three times more likely to have diabetes.