A groundbreaking health test, known as the ’10s OLS’ or the ten-second one-legged stance test, can be performed at home to provide key insights into your physical condition and potential life expectancy, according to a prominent doctor. Research indicates that the inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds in mid to later life is associated with nearly doubling the risk of death from any cause within the next decade.

The test evaluates various factors, including heart health, balance, agility, core and leg strength, and flexibility. Participants must balance on one leg for 10 seconds with the other leg tucked behind. A study involving 1,702 individuals aged 51 to 75 revealed that those who struggled with the test, particularly individuals over 70, those overweight, and people with diabetes, were more likely to face an increased mortality risk.

Over a seven-year tracking period, 17.5% of those who failed the test died, compared to only 4.6% of those who completed it successfully. This indicated an 84% higher likelihood of death for those unable to balance for 10 seconds. The inability to balance is seen as a potential indicator of muscle loss, increasing the risk of falls and reflecting underlying health issues.

Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo, the study author, highlighted the relevance of good balance for daily life activities and emphasized the potential benefits of exercise interventions in improving balance. He suggested simple exercises such as lifting heels off the floor, maintaining balance with one foot in front of the other, and incorporating marching on the spot into routines.

The one-legged stance test, previously used to assess balance, is now proposed as a practical tool for routine clinical practice to identify individuals at high risk of death. Researchers encourage further studies to confirm these findings and explore the test’s broader applications in clinical settings.”

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