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Study: Walking speed of a person determines the speed of ageing

By: Team Ifairer | Posted: 22-11-2021
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The walking speed of a person may help the body function better, a study stated which has shown that people who walk slowly at 45 degrees angle have more accelerated ageing than those who walk fast. According to the research, slower walkers have a greater reduction in brain volume and also have low balance and grip strength than those who walk at a normal pace.

The study published in JAMA Network Open that assessed health data of more than 900 New Zealanders over a period of 40 years (since they were around three years old) used GAITRite Electronic Walkway - a system that provides gait analysis and identifies anomalies - to categorise them into slowest (average 1.21 meters per second), fastest (average 1.75 m/s), and those who walked at a normal pace (average 1.50 m/s).

The findings of the research that also assessed 19 biomarkers, including body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio, cholesterol levels, white blood cell count, gum health, and cardiorespiratory fitness, suggested those with the slowest walking speed showed accelerated ageing and a reduction in total brain volume, meaning that walking speed affects both physical as well as cognitive health.

The results showed there was a 16-point IQ difference between the fastest and the slowest walkers. Slow walkers also appeared significantly older than those who walk faster and scored worse on balance and grip measuring test, said lead researcher Line Rasmussen from the Duke University.
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