Slow walking indicates a dementsiya

Slow walking indicates a dementsiyaResearchers from the USA found out that speed of walking and force of hands at advanced age help to estimate risk of development of senile dementia (dementsiya) and a stroke in further life, reports WebMD.

Staff of the Boston medical center invited for participation in research of 2,4 thousand men and women which had no stroke and was not observed decrease in intelligence. Middle age of volunteers made 62 years. At all participants measured speed of walking and force of compression of a brush, and also subjected them to scanning of a brain and tests for storing.

For the 11-year period of the subsequent supervision 79 people had stroke or tranzitorny ischemic attack ("microstroke"), and at 34 the dementsiya developed.

Smaller speed of walking at the beginning of research appeared is connected with increase of risk of a dementsiya in 1,5 times in comparison with faster participants. Besides, slowly going volunteers had smaller volume of a brain and worse language skills and ability to decision-making coped with a number of tests for memory.

Also it became clear that at people with the strongest handshake the risk of a stroke for 42 percent is lower, than at owners of the weakest brushes. And the found interrelations were traced only since 65-year age, them it was not possible to find in more young people.

According to the head of research Erica Kamargo (Erica Camargo), speed of walking and force of brushes can be used as the simple out-patient test for an assessment of risk of a dementsiya and a stroke.

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