Boston, MA (PressExposure) March 01, 2012 -- The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending it's support to a new study that shows testing a person's walking speed and grip strength may help show how likely they are to suffer from dementia in the future.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, March 1, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/brain-function-articles/your-hands-and-feet-could-predict-dementia), the study included more than 2,400 adults (average age: 62) who underwent tests for walking speed, hand grip strength, and cognitive function. Brain scans were also performed. During the follow-up period of up to 11 years, 34 people developed dementia and 70 people had a stroke.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the study found that people with a slower walking speed in middle age were one-and-a-half times more likely to develop dementia compared to people with faster walking speed. Stronger hand grip strength was associated with a 42% lower risk of stroke or "transient ischemic attack" in people over age 65 compared to those with weaker hand grip strength. This was not the case, however, for people in the study under age 65.
While frailty and lower physical performance in older adults have been linked with a higher risk of dementia, researchers weren't sure until now how it impacted people of middle age.
Researchers also found that slower walking speed was associated with lower total cerebral brain volume and poorer performance on memory, language and decision-making tests.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that stronger hand grip strength was associated with larger total cerebral brain volume as well as better performance on cognitive tests asking people to identify similarities among objects.
This fascinating possible diagnosis instrument will be presented in April 2012 at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting. (SOURCE: "How fast you walk and your grip in middle age may predict dementia, stroke risk," American Academy of Neurology, Feb. 15, 2012.)
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