According to researchers, a simple test that evaluates how easily you can go from sitting to standing could help predict how long you’re going to live. Oh, great. Another study that tells us when we’re going to die. Although, this one is pretty interesting–even if it is a bit far-fetched.
Published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers tracked over 2,000 adults aged 51 to 80 for more than six years. At the beginning of the study, participants were asked to sit down on the floor and then get up, using the least amount of support from arms, legs, hands or knees. Subjects were then scored on how easily they could get up: five points if they could sit down without the aid of any body party, and another five points if they could stand back up without using any assistance. Likewise, they lost points for every time they used a hand, arm, leg or knee to assit them in getting up or down.
Those who could perform both tests without an assistance scored a 10; those who couldn’t get down or up at all were scored with a zero. Others fell somewhere in the middle depending on their agility.
What’s interesting here is that during the course of the study 159 participants died. And guess who they were most likely to be? The ones who had the most trouble getting up and down in the sit/stand test. In fact, the researchers say that a person’s score matched well with risk of death. Those with a score of zero were 6.5 times as likely to die during the study, compared to people who scored from 8-10.
While the participants in the study were middle-older age, the researchers say this is something that could easily apply to younger folks too. Not only does this test give us an idea of our strength:body weight ratio, but it also lets us know where our flexibility, balance and coordination are–all things that help predict our health and our longevity, they say.
True, this may seem like a bit of a stretch to predict when we’re going to die. It doesn’t measure things like heart health, diabetes or even cancer or other diseases. But it does emphasize the importance of our muscular health and how easily we can move our bodies.
So be honest–are you going to put your laptop down and perform a sit/stand test right now? Let us know the results!