Find Out What Your “Walk” Says About Your Brain Health

Written by Alex Reid
Posted March 1, 2021

Hi y’all!

Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.

A man’s walk says alot about him. Posture and stride can indicate his confidence level. Does he come across as someone who jumps into action and gets things done? Does his presence demand respect? Or is he someone that floats along in life taking no initiative?

These non-verbal cues have been used in the business world for centuries. The way you carry yourself says something about you… and how the world will view you.

And confidence isn’t the only thing a man’s walk will tell you.

Here’s the latest research to cross my desk...

Researchers at the Lawson Health Research Institute are the first to study how walk patterns could more accurately diagnose different types of neurodegenerative disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Teaming up with the Western University, the researchers ran clinical trials, which included 500 participants. 

Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso, Scientist at Lawson and Professor at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, adds: 

We have long-standing evidence showing that cognitive problems, such as poor memory and executive dysfunction, can be predictors of dementia. Now, we're seeing that motor performance, specifically the way you walk, can help diagnose different types of neurodegenerative conditions.

During the study, they identified four independent gait patterns: 

  1. Rhythm
  2. Pace
  3. Variability
  4. Postural Control.

And only one of these four patterns was associated with lower cognitive performance. In fact, this pattern identified Alzheimer’s disease with a 70% accuracy. 

Dr. Frederico Perruccini-Faria, Research Assistant at Lawson and Postdoctoral Associate at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, who is first author on the paper, notes:

This is the first strong evidence showing that [THIS PATTERN] is an important marker for processes happening in areas of the brain that are linked to both cognitive impairment and motor control.

We've shown that [THIS PATTERN] as a marker of this cognitive-cortical dysfunction can reliably identify Alzheimer's disease compared to other neurodegenerative disorders.

To find out which of these four gait patterns has a 70% accuracy with identifying Alzheimer’s disease, just look right here.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ