If getting up from a game of Scrabble on the floor this Christmas requires both hands, a lot of sighing and a helpful tug from a grandchild, beware.
For the gloomy message from scientists is that you may not live as long as your flexible counterparts. Those who can sit down and get up using only one hand – or no hands at all – are likely to live for longer, a study found.
But those needing extra assistance,
such as getting up on their knees or using two hands, are up to six
times more likely to die prematurely. The
study found a simple two-minute test could predict the level of overall
fitness in middle age that earmarks those likely to enjoy a longer
Researchers said the
ease with which someone could stand up from a sitting position on the
floor – and vice versa – was linked to a reduced risk of dying early.
Source - Daily Mail