No Regular Walk Today – Regret Later!

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According to Hippocrates, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” And he said that about several thousand years before! Who would have ever known that this statement could be backed up by a lot of researchers after a span of millennia? Several studies have proven that walking can lead to “major reductions in both diabetes and heart disease, decreases in high blood pressure, increases in bone density, and more all follow regular walking exercise,” says Richard Weil in his article at MedicineNet.com.

Researchers from Yale school of medicine discovered that the probability of becoming disabled with increase in age enhances with certain factors like:

  • Suffering from a chronic disease
  • Less physical movement
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Being hospitalized and
  • Having poor inferior extremity function

It is worth noticing that the women are more likely to develop this disability than men in their afterward years. Based on the research of 12 years, the conclusion of the study is printed in the Journal “Annals of Internal Medicine” (17th January). The team carried the research of Human foundation professor. With increase in age, people face difficulty in walking short distances and driving a car. Individuals having long term loss in mobility face extreme difficulty repossessing their independence. If an individual losses his ability to walk without help, his life becomes poorer in overall quality and the prolonged disability might lead to an augmented rate of depression, death, illness and community isolation. Said Mr. Gill, who studied a group of individuals aged 70 years or above, who had the ability to walk unassisted for a quarter mile. All these participants performed their essential duties of everyday living like dressing and bathing.

For 18 months, Gill scrutinized these patients among the years 1998 and 2008. He observed the mobility of each participant every month. Individuals who admitted that they did not drive car throughout the preceding month or if they required aid from other persons while walking a quarter mile, were considered disabled. The team also observed the exposure of participants to potential reasons of disability, including illness or injury which leads to hospitalization or restricted activity. This increased their probability of long term disability. Disability is taken to be long term, in case it persists for more than six months. Gill says that targeted approaches are required to put off disability amongst older people who reside independently in the society.

 

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