Simple test to find out if you are at risk of developing Dementia or Stroke

According to a recent surprising research study, if you are unable to balance your body on one leg for as much as 20 secs then this may be an indicative of the fact that your risk of having a stroke or dementia is high.

In a research at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto, Japan, researchers conducted a brain test on 841 females and 546 males all aged around 67 and analyzed the results. The test involved standing on one leg for about 60 seconds that so with eyes wide open. Participants were told to repeat this exercise one more time and the researchers studied, analyzed and compared the brain health of all participants with the help of MRI.

According to the results, the participants who weren’t able to balance their body on one leg for more than 20 seconds showed micro hemorrhages and lesions in different parts of the brains. About one third of those participants had minor strokes previously. It was also seen that the participants who stood on one leg for longer than 20 seconds scored better in cognitive tests when compared to those who couldn’t.

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

Chief of vascular neurology, Dr. Richard Libman, at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y., commended and congratulated the researchers of this research on thinking of such an easy test. He said he agreed to the results of this research although he wasn’t part of it. He said, “The authors of this study have devised a simple test of balance, which seems to be able to reflect ‘small vessel disease’ of the brain.” He added that “This test may be an inexpensive, low-tech method to screen people for small vessel disease who are most likely at risk for further strokes and brain damage.”

This is an excellent achievement in medicine.


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