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Inability to balance on one leg reflects risk of brain bleed, study shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7746 (Published 19 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7746
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Being unable to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer is associated with early, asymptomatic changes to blood vessels in the brain that potentially indicate future stroke risk, a Japanese study of middle aged and older people has shown.1

“Our study found that the ability to balance on one leg is an important test for brain health,” said Yasuharu Tabara, the lead author and associate professor at the Center for Genomic Medicine at Kyoto University Graduate …

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