Can walking speed be a warning sign for chronic diseases, including senile dementia? This is indicated by a study published recently.
He found that pollution or slowing down of traffic could be a warning sign decades before a number of diseases appeared. The brains and bodies of slow-moving people age at a faster rate at the age of 45, compared to those who go faster.
The study found that the lungs, teeth and immune system of those who go slowly are worse off than those who go fast. It also announced that these individuals could be identified for up to three years, using certain mental and motor tests, according to the British Daily Mail website.
The results can be especially important for children who are expected to develop serious illnesses such as Alzheimer's and other life-threatening diseases. Retrospective analysis showed that the disease could be detected in people who measured brain function when they were young. When one is third, the rate of intelligence and understanding of language and tolerance, and dealing with frustrations and motor skills, is all about the nature of a person's speed of walking after 42 years.
Dr Lynn Rasmussen, team leader and neuroscientist at Duke University, said: "It is amazing that these symptoms can be seen in adults, especially those aged 45 and not in elderly patients who have these symptoms have been detected by various tests and measurements. "
Perhaps one of the reasons for the failure of drugs for the treatment of senile dementia given to patients too late is the onset of symptoms. Rasmussen says signs of poor health in the middle-aged can be detected by simple walking tests.
"Doctors know that those who go slowly in the 70s and 80s are dying earlier than those who go fast at the same age," said Terry Moffitt, a professor at King's College London.
The above was based on data from a long-term survey of 904 people born within a year in Dunedin, New Zealand. The study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, included magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the latest evaluation of the tested. The results showed that the average size of gray and white matter, thickness of the cerebral cortex, and brain area were lower in slow walkers compared to those who walked fast.