The experts argue a decrease in physical motor functions over the age of 65 is linked to premature death
Small daily activities which hint at an early death have been published by experts.
In the British Medical Journal, health analysts argue walking, shopping and getting dressed can all hint at something sinister.
The experts argue a decrease in physical motor functions over the age of 65 is linked to premature death.
And this can be picked up on on all the daily activities listed above, they say.
Everything from getting up from a chair, walking speed, and decreased grip strength can also offer a hint.
The report writes: “After taking account of other potentially influential factors, the researchers found that poorer motor function was associated with an increased mortality risk of 22% for walking speed, 15% for grip strength and 14% for timed chair rises, while difficulties with activities of daily living were associated with a 30% increased risk.”
The experts add: “These associations became progressively stronger with later life assessments.”
The BMJ analysed as many as six thousand participants for the study, which was published this month (August).
The participants were aged between 33 and 55 years old.
They were studied between 1985 and 1988 and then again between 2007 and 2016 to aid the research.
They were investigated on walking speed, removing themselves from chairs, using the toilet, supermarket shopping and more.
Their grip strength, cooking and dressing was also analysed by experts.
The analysts discovered those who died earlier in the study encountered great difficulties while doing the basic tasks listed above in the decade before their death.