Your Ability To Balance On One Leg Reflects Your Brain Health

Balancing on one leg may indicate if a person is at risk of dementia or stroke, a study has found. Those who struggle to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer, are at increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

A few years ago, researchers found that habitually sleeping less than six hours a night significantly increases the risk of stroke, now the shift in studies has leaned towards posture and balance.

“Our study found that the ability to balance on one leg is an important test for brain health,” said Yasuharu Tabara, Ph.D., lead study author and associate professor at the Center for Genomic Medicine at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto, Japan. “Individuals showing poor balance on one leg should receive increased attention, as this may indicate an increased risk for brain disease and cognitive decline.”

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