Blog | Monday, December 17, 2012

QD: News Every Day--Sitting-rising test a simple tool to assess longevity

Clocking how fast people can rise from a sitting position is associated with longevity, a study reported.

Researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study of more than 2,000 adults ages 51 to who were timed sitting on the floor and then rising again. Patients were scored from 0 to 5 for sitting, with one point subtracted for each hand or knee used for support. They were then scored for rising, and the two were totaled to a range from 0 to 10. Results were then stratified into categories of 0 to 3; 3.5 to 5.5; 6 to 7.5, and 8 to 10.

Results appeared in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

There were 159 deaths (7.9%) during a median of more than 6 years of follow-up on patients. Lower scores were associated with higher mortality (P less than  0.001) and each increase in sitting-rising test scores conferred a 21% improvement in survival.

"Application of a simple and safe assessment tool such as SRT [sitting-rising test], which is influenced by muscular strength and flexibility, in general health examinations could add relevant information regarding functional capabilities and outcomes in non-hospitalized adults," the authors wrote.