Fascinating research discussed in the Huffington Post UK this week unveils a new link between slow walking speed and poor mental health in the future.
Researchers at the Boston Medical Center conducted a series of tests on 2,400 men and women aged around 62, whose results were measured over 11 years.
From the article:
“The participants underwent tests on walking speed, hand grip strength and cognitive mental function.
After studying brain scans taken throughout the tests, scientists discovered that 34 people developed dementia over the 11-year period and 70 of them had a stroke.
Researchers found that those with a slower walking pace were 1.5 times more likely to develop dementia and those with a strong hand grip had a 42% lower risk of having a stroke over the age of 65.”
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