Recent research from the Boston Medical Centre shows that people who walk quickly and still have a strong grip in middle age are less likely to suffer from dementia or a stroke later in life.
The study comprising more than 2,400 men and women, with an average age of 62, involved walking speed, hand grip strength and cognitive function tests. The 11-year follow-up period revealed that those with a slower walking speed in middle age were one-and-a-half times more likely to develop dementia than those with a faster walking speed.
The research project also found that a stronger hand grip correlates with a 42% lower risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack in those aged 65 and over compared with those with weaker hand grip strength.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, more than a million people in the UK will have dementia by 2021, with 800,000 currently living with the condition. In addition, there are approximately 1.1 million stroke survivors living in the UK, according to the Stroke Association.
Focusing on workplace health
While some will suffer these illnesses beyond retirement age, others will experience symptoms during their working lives. Regular health surveillance can help to spot risk factors and early signs of serious illness.
The workplace health experts at Medigold work alongside employers to ensure that members of staff are carefully monitored and provided with information about health, nutrition and fitness. As well as protecting workers, this can have a positive impact on productivity and profits, while reducing sickness absence.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), “health surveillance allows for early identification of ill health and helps identify any corrective action needed”.
Contact Medigold today to find out more about our extensive occupational health services.