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The one-legged test

New research suggest that the ability to balance on 1 leg may tell us more about a person’s brain health and risk of stroke.

Struggling to stand on 1 leg for less than 20 seconds was associated with a higher risk of stroke, small blood vessel damage in the brain, and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people.

Short one-legged standing times were also independently linked with lower cognitive scores as well as increased age, with patients over age 60 displaying markedly shorter times.

Terry Pfau DO, HMD

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