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 How’s your gait theses days?

13.10.19.  Getting older and starting starting to feel it? It takes longer to walk from your front gate to the local pub? Does it take you longer to wheel that disobedient shopping chariot around the supermarket and back to the car? Get a stopwatch and a piece of paper and time yourself over a few months and see if you’re dragging the chain. In the meantime check this out.
How fast people walk in their 40s is a sign of how much their brains, as well as their bodies, are ageing, scientists have suggested. Using a simple test of gait speed, researchers were able to measure the ageing process. Not only were slower walkers’ bodies ageing more quickly – their faces looked older and they had smaller brains.Source: BBC

Slow walking at 45 ‘a sign of faster ageing’

The international team said the findings were an “amazing surprise”.
Doctors often measure gait speed to gauge overall health, particularly in the over-65s, because it is a good indicator of muscle strength, lung function, balance, spine strength and eyesight.
Slower walking speeds in old age have also been linked to a higher risk of dementia and decline.
‘Problem sign’
In this study, of 1,000 people in New Zealand – born in the 1970s and followed to the age of 45 – the walking speed test was used much earlier, on adults in mid-life.
The study participants also had physical tests, brain function tests and brain scans, and during their childhood they had had cognitive tests every couple of years.
“This study found that a slow walk is a problem sign decades before old age,” said Prof Terrie E Moffitt, lead author from King’s College London and Duke University in the US.
Even at the age of 45, there was a wide variation in walking speeds with the fastest moving at 2m/s at top speed (without running).
In general, the slower walkers tended to show signs of “accelerated ageing” with their lungs, teeth and immune systems in worse shape than those who walked faster.
Researchers tested the walking speed of participants on an 8m-long pad
The more unexpected finding was that brain scans showed the slower walkers were more likely to have older-looking brains too.
And the researchers found they were able to predict the walking speed of 45-year-olds using the results of intelligence, language and motor skills tests from when they were three.
The children who grew up to be the slowest walkers (with a mean gait of 1.2m/s) had, on average, an IQ 12 points lower than those who were the fastest walkers (1.75m/s) 40 years later.
The international team of researchers, writing in JAMA Network Open, said the differences in health and IQ could be due to lifestyle choices or a reflection of some people having better health at the start of life.
But they suggest there are already signs in early life of who is going to fare better in health terms in later life.
The researchers said measuring walking speed at a younger age could be a way of testing treatments to slow human ageing.
A number of treatments, from low-calorie diets to taking the drug metformin, are currently being investigated.
It would also be an early indicator of brain and body health so people can make changes to their lifestyle while still young and healthy, the researchers said.

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  • Deano 13/10/2019, 7:42 am

    In that case, Asians should all be incapacitated by 25. They saunter.

  • Penguinite 13/10/2019, 8:01 am

    Absolutely no scientific evidence to support this assertion!

    • TommyGun 14/10/2019, 5:09 am

      There is a ream of evidence, you fool!
      Just because you haven’t read it or don’t believe it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

  • Lorraine 13/10/2019, 9:03 am

    another Government grant for such great research…..I will note, need to walk faster

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 13/10/2019, 9:16 am

    Walking was my best subject at school in the two years incarcerated there, walking as a kid to chase the arse off cows to yard them, yarding a cart horse once weekly that could gallop hobbled and sidelined was another hobby, walking around to the “office” to get flogged was another almost daily diversion for the old principal needed the exercise, a decent poor bastard who didn’t understand a few of us bush kids, and now at almost 79 my daily toddle of an hour or so averages about 7 kph or almost 4 knots but with the fear of becoming like my old Mum who walked about that fast into her nineties but she didn’t know where she was going or had been unless the dog was with her to bring her home. Doctors should stick to doctoring and casting runes or whatever the hell they are supposed to do and leave us oldies alone.

  • Finn 13/10/2019, 10:30 am

    Oh for Gods Sake

    It’s exactly the other way around. Geez

    people who age, walk slower quicker.

    It’s scientific. And probably in the Bible too.

    Prof. Finn BA., STA, Rd.
    Expert on Most Things
    University of Bleedin-Obvious

  • Tony H 13/10/2019, 5:14 pm

    What a load of bullshit! It makes no room for injuries! a lot of guys my age carry leg/ knee / foot injuries sustained in younger years that slow you down! Also how keen are you to walk to the shops?

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