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Video: Scientists: "Based On Walking Speed, Mortality Can Indeed Be Predicted"
Scientists: "Based on walking speed, mortality can indeed be predicted"
Research shows that the faster the walking pace, the better the health indicators.
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Health status is usually assessed by measuring blood pressure and checking body mass index (BMI). But American researchers say it would be useful to add another indicator to this list, namely the measurement of walking speed.
"Walking speed can actually predict mortality," says Christina M. Dieli-Conwright, a researcher at the University of Southern California.
Research shows that the faster the walking pace, the better the health indicators. According to the journal JAMA, American cardiac surgeons have previously proposed using this indicator as a way to identify patients who may have difficulty recovering from surgery. There is also evidence that this indicator can tell doctors a lot about health problems, in particular, become a marker of cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment.
So far, doctors do not use it as an indicator of diseases, but some researchers, such as Dyeli-Conright, have already started using it. She is currently investigating how exercise affects breast cancer survival, and walking speed is exactly what her research team is tracking in this case.
“The idea is that the more a person gets sick, whether it is in the treatment of cancer or any disease, then he loses strength and, accordingly, the ability to move. Let's say someone has never exercised at all - such a person will be most affected by chemotherapy, which already makes the patient lie in bed,”says Dieley-Conright.
At the same time, according to her, slowing down the walking speed means not only that it takes more time to complete an action. In the case of cancer patients, we are talking about the ability to go to the toilet or even just get out of bed.
In addition, physicians can use the walking speed indicator to determine a person's biological age, which may be less than or greater than the chronological age.
It's not about walking faster, as there is no evidence that faster walking affects your health. However, it is important to pay attention to how physically active you are. During the course of the study, it was noted that those who walked faster experienced a slower decline in health. If your gait is slowing down, this could indicate an underlying medical condition. Dyeley-Conright says their research highlights the importance of walking and mobility regardless of age.
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