Poor brain health can leave you at a higher risk for strokes as well as poor memory and cognitive decline. In the search for a simple, low-cost test for mini-strokes or brain bleeds, researchers in Japan came up with a one-balance test. Study participants were asked to balance on one leg with the other raised and their eyes open for 60 seconds.
Those who struggled to stand on one leg for 20 seconds were more likely to have tiny strokes or brain bleeds. Shorter balance times were also linked with poorer memory and cognitive tests.
Early detection of declining brain health is very important. Try giving yourself the test at home and speaking with your doctor about the results.
Tip courtesy of AARP