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Simple Test Predicts Longevity

Using the least support necessary to sit and rise from the floor can predict longevity.

How well can you sit on the floor and rise again without support? This simple test could predict your chances of long-term survival! Brazilian researchers studied 2002 participants for at least 6.3 years and found the survival odds differed by 5.44 fold between the highest and lowest scores (use of hand, forearm, knee, side of leg, or hand on the knee for support) after adjusting for age, sex, and body mass. This simple test reflects muscle strength, coordination, balance and flexibility.

PositiveTip: Stay involved in a variety of activities to maintain strength, function, and balance.