All The Subtle Signs You’re At Risk Of An Early Death, According To Science

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We all want to be young forever, keeping up with the youth of today and pushing the boundaries of our physical bodies like we used to. After all, our minds are still sharp and our spirit feels young, so why shouldn’t we want our bodies to match up? Unfortunately, the reality is that some of us will die before others. Some are at more of risk and may not even be aware of the signs.

Science has uncovered subtle signs that you may be brushing off even though they suggest you’re at risk of early death. In fact, Brazilian experts tracked 2,000 people aged 50 to 75 and compiled a list of signs we’re about to share with you. Test yourself to see if you’re at risk.

This information is not to be used as a medical diagnosis but rather to bring mindful awareness to your body. This way you can create a mind and body connection that helps you find fulfillment and live a life of no regret.

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The Flamingo Test

While we may all wobble and stumble every once in a while, we should still maintain a certain sense of gravity and balance. Researchers in Brazil found that those who can’t complete the “Flamingo” test are nearly twice as likely to die early as those who can. These finds were made based on more than 1,700 participants, aged 50 to 75 exercising with various fitness tests.

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To test yourself, see if you can stand on one leg for 10 seconds without any support. If you can’t because you’re wobbling too much, then you might be at risk, according to the latest study.

The results found that those unable to stand unsupported on one leg for 10 seconds were 84% more likely to die from any cause. In fact during the seven-year course of the study, 123 people died.

The Pace Test

Your walking speed can also say a lot about your life expectancy. It turns that that people who walk slowly are putting themselves at risk of an earlier death, especially if they’re over 65. If you think about it, walking is a form of exercise that can accelerate your heart rate and keep it healthy.

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French Researchers measured the walking speed of 3,200 participants over-65s for five years. They found that the slowest third of walkers were 44 % more likely to die by the end of the study, compared to the fastest group. They interpreted these results saying that fast walkers may be fitter and benefit from better cardiovascular health.

The Sitting-Standing Test

Give this a try first. Sit down and then stand up without holding on to anything. Your capacity to do so could determine your level of risk. In fact, those who struggle to sit down and back up without needing to support themselves are five times more likely to die young, according to researchers.

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Roland Hechanova / Unsplash

These results were based on candidates aged 51 to 80, who took the same test. Unfortunately, 159 deaths were logged in the study’s six-year period. If you’re wondering what sitting and rising have to do with anything, they is correlated to a loss of mobility, flexibility, and muscle strength.

The Stairs Test

How many stairs can you climb before you’re simply out of breath? If you answered less than four flights of stairs then it may be time to work on your endurance unless you’re willing to risk an early grave. Scientists behind this study say that you can test your heart health by either walking up three floors quickly without break, or four flights of stairs at a normal pace

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Jukan Tateisi / Unsplash

A study in pain observed over 12,000 people running on treadmills, gradually picking up the pace until they couldn’t anymore. It tracked their heart rate for five years and found that death rates, including heart disease, were almost three times higher in participants who weren’t fit enough to complete the workout. Their lack of fitness also affects their weight, blood pressure, and inflammation.

The Grip Test

How firm is your handshake? Another study found that people with weak grips are up to 20 percent more likely to die early. This was based on studying about 500,000 volunteers aged 40 to 69.

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Kenny Eliason / Unsplash

Squeezing a specific tool with their hand, results found that for every 5kg drop in participants’ grip strength, their risk of dying from any cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer increased by a fifth. The weakness of the grip was associated with skeletal muscle health. So grab a squishy ball and keep squeezing to increase your odds back up.

The Push Ups Test

Now, this may be the hardest test on this list, especially the older you are. However, research shows that those who struggle to complete 10 push-ups are nearly twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those who can manage 40. Luckily all it takes to work on this one is a floor or a wall to work your muscles.

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Ketut Subiyantu / Pexels

After all the findingss are based on a link between physical fitness and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Pushups are also not the only determinant of physical health. Yet those who could do more than 40 push-ups were 96% less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. Keep in mind that muscle strength also protects protects against deaths from all causes and high blood pressure.

Final Conclusions

The results were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Even the scientists of the study reassure us that their findings do not mean that a lack of balance is a cause of death. Rather they are trying to tell us that we need a good level of balance on a daily basis and that being grounded and active is crucial for health.

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These tests gave quick and objective feedback and added useful information regarding mortality risk in middle-aged and older men and women. There are many age-appropriate exercises that can help any areas that are currently putting you at risk.

As Young As You Feel

At the end of the day, age is but a number and there is no magic formula to extend your life or preserve your youth. We have no actual way of predicting when our life will end, but only tips to increase the odds of living a full healthy, and happy life.

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Edu Carvalho / Pexels

The signs above do not determine your life span but being mindful and aware of your body, and connecting it to your conscious mind will help you listen to it and honor its needs. Your body is a temple and only you can take care of it once. You only have one chance.

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Aria Misty

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