Are you afraid of stroke or maybe the fact that one day you will no longer be able to perform the simplest tasks? Stand on one leg while you’re reading this and you will find out.
If you are wondering in what condition are your brain cells, a completely free physical test can help detect much more than you thought possible, without going to the doctor.
All you need to do is to try to stand on one leg for as long as you can, and it would best if you could stay like that for at least one minute, and then to do the same on the other leg. How are you doing?
According to a Japanese study published in the journal “Stroke”, in this way you will find out what are your chances of a stroke, will you start forgetting things as you grow older and some other disease.
Researchers have put the task in front of 1,387 healthy volunteers, at the average age of 67, and while balancing on one leg, they recorded their brain activity with magnetic resonance while having them do four types of cognitive tests.
It turns out that the “flamingo pose” can fully predict what the magnetic resonance imaging will show. Those who were not able to withstand more than twenty seconds had a disease of the small blood vessels of the brain, or damaged tiny capillaries in the gray matter.
Although blockage of these micro-blood vessels in the brain usually resolves without specific symptoms that would threaten the patient’s life, they are dangerous to future health, and in many cases can affect a person’s ability to dismiss problems that require thinking.
– In fact, your brain can have a silent stroke, which you will not feel. When it comes to breaking or blocking of tiny blood vessels, there are no symptoms, but there is damage to brain function, which may eventually lead to vascular dementia – said Dr. Richard Senelik, a neurologist and director of the Institute for Rehabilitation in San Antonio.
This condition is especially dangerous for people who already have symptoms of diabetes or high blood pressure, because with each additional micro-capillary damage the likelihood that a person gets a stroke increases.
Therefore, stand on one leg and try to balance on it for a minute, and then try the same thing on the other. If it is not going quite well, it does not automatically mean that you will have a stroke or become senile, but it definitely is a warning that it’s time to see your doctor. It is better to be safe than sorry, right?