Walking Speed in Midlife: a Predictor of Physical and Mental Decline? (BBC News / JAMA Network Open)

Summary

Slow walking speed (“gait speed”) in mid-life appears to be an early warning sign of accelerated ageing. Slower walkers tend to display more signs of accelerated ageing in terms of various markers and measures (such as lung health, teeth, immune system, brain dimensions, weak grip strength, poor balance, poor visual-motor coordination, poor performance in the chair-stand test, older facial appearance, and possibly poor neurocognitive functioning / IQ); all of which variables are typically poorer than in persons who walk faster. Adult gait speed is associated with mid-life ageing and with brain health lifelong i.e. not merely in the later stages of life.

“ … measuring walking speed at a younger age could be a way of testing treatments to slow human ageing”.

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Roxby, P. (2019). Slow walking at 45 ‘a sign of faster ageing’. London: BBC Health News, October 12th 2019.

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Rasmussen, LJH. Caspi, A. [and] Ambler, A. [et al] (2019). Association of neurocognitive and physical function with gait speed in midlife. JAMA Network Open. October 2nd 2019; Vol.2(10): e1913123.

Walking Speed as a Predictor of Stroke Recovery?

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Clarke, O. (2019). Stroke recovery clue from patient walking speed. London: BBC Health News / BBC Wales News, October 28th 2019.

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Jarvis, HL. Brown, SJ. [and] Price, M. [et al] (2019). Return to employment after stroke in young adults: how important is the speed and energy cost of walking? Stroke. November 2019; Vol.50(11): pp.3198-3204.

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