Profitable 10-second one-legged stance efficiency predicts survival in middle-aged and older people


Ageing is related to a progressive decline in bodily fitness1–3 and reductions or impairments in parts of aerobic4 5 and non-aerobic health, together with muscle energy/energy, flexibility, steadiness and physique composition.6–11 Additionally it is well-established that the mix of sarcopenic weight problems and lack of flexibility and steadiness are detrimental for general well being, inserting older adults with frailty extra liable to falls and different critical hostile medical sequelae.12 Certainly, falls are the second main explanation for unintentional injury-based deaths worldwide.13 In contrast to cardio health,2 14 muscle strength9 and suppleness,8 steadiness tends to be moderately preserved till the sixth decade of life, when comparatively, it begins to decrease shortly.15 16

However, steadiness evaluation just isn’t routinely included within the medical examination of middle-aged and older people.17 This can be partly attributable to the poor standardisation of steadiness testing in addition to to the relative paucity of data-relating steadiness outcomes to medical outcomes aside from falls, reminiscent of mortality, when put next with, for instance, cardio health.16 18 19

On this context, the provision of easy, cheap, dependable and protected steadiness evaluation tools11 that would assist predict survival would doubtlessly be useful to well being professionals evaluating and treating older adults. Due to this fact, the goals of our research have been: (1) to evaluate whether or not the power to finish a 10-s one-legged stance (10-s OLS) check was independently related to all-cause mortality in middle-aged and older women and men and (2) whether or not the 10-s OLS added related prognostic data past strange demographic, anthropometric and medical information. If the power to carry out this easy bodily job have been proven to be a great prognostic indicator for threat of all-cause mortality, it could be a helpful complement to routine evaluations amongst middle-aged and older topics.


This was a potential cohort research utilizing information from the CLINIMEX Train open cohort/analysis protocol (see on-line supplemental supplies).11 20 21 Briefly, the CLINIMEX Train cohort research was arrange in 1994 to evaluate the relationships of varied measures of bodily health and different exercise-related variables, in addition to typical cardiovascular threat elements with all-cause and cause-specific mortality outcomes. The pattern dimension of 1593 members was calculated primarily based on the next parameter specs: (1) stage of significance, two-sided check at α=0.05; (2) energy (1−β) of 80%; (3) 7% of research members dying throughout follow-up; (4) an SD of 0.5 for the publicity (on condition that the binary publicity follows a Bernoulli distribution with the likelihood of a topic reaching success, p, assumed to be equal to 0.5, the SD was calculated from the method: (p*(1−p))0.5 and (5) impact dimension: the minimal HR thought-about to be clinically vital, on this case, 1.7. The present evaluation included 1702 members aged 51–75 years at their first analysis performed between 10 February 2009 and 10 December 2020, who voluntarily sought the clinic for analysis to evaluate cardio and non-aerobic bodily health and/or to acquire train counselling.

Censoring of important standing and mortality was up to date to mid-December 2020 from the regional official registry information. All members learn and signed an knowledgeable consent and formally authorised the usage of their deidentified information for scientific functions. The research protocol was included in a Nationwide Analysis Registry and formally reviewed and permitted by an exterior Analysis Ethics Committee (Plataforma Brasil—CAAE: 40122320.8.0000.9433). Cohort information are maintained in an institutional database.

Demographics, anthropometric and medical variables

Intercourse, age, date of analysis, date of loss of life (if it occurred), censored date and follow-up time have been obtainable for all members. Anthropometric measurements have been obtained with members barefoot and utilizing minimal clothes and included peak, weight, sum of six skinfolds—triciptal, subscapular, suprailiac, belly, thigh and medial calf – and waist girth measured on the umbilical stage, in addition to two calculated values—physique mass index (BMI) and waist-height ratio. Scientific information have been obtained by medical historical past, contemplating the presence or absence of recognized related illnesses and/or use of standard drugs. Weight problems was outlined as a BMI ≥30 kg/m2. Lower than 1% of anthropometric or medical information have been lacking. All members have been totally ambulatory and people presenting with unstable gait or having indicators of any recognized acute vestibular or otoneurological disturbance have been excluded.

One-legged stance steadiness evaluation

As a part of the analysis, members have been requested to face on a flat platform. Static steadiness was assessed as the power to finish 10 s in OLS, both left or proper foot, beneath shut face-to-face supervision of a doctor and/or a nurse assistant as a precaution to stop falls or accidents. To minimise the affect of muscle energy and suppleness and to enhance standardisation, barefoot members have been instructed to position the dorsal a part of the non-support foot on the again of the other decrease leg, as naturally as potential (determine 1). Moreover, members have been requested to maintain their elbows prolonged, the arms naturally positioned near their physique and instructed to repair their gaze on an eye-level level at a 2-m distance.22 As soon as the participant assumed the right place, a depend of 10 s was began and as much as three makes an attempt have been allowed. A quite simple criterion was utilized—capacity to finish 10-s OLS on both foot, protecting the right preliminary place and with out every other help—and members have been accordingly categorised as capacity (YES) or incapacity (NO) to finish the 10-s OLS check.

Determine 1

Physique place to the 10-s one-legged stance check.

Statistical evaluation

For descriptive statistics, quantitative variables have been described utilizing imply±SD or median and IQR, relying on the character of distribution, and categorical variables have been summarised utilizing frequencies and percentages. Pattern dimension calculations employed the Stata command “stpower cox” which implements the strategies of Hsieh and Lavori23 and Schoenfeld.24 The Cochran–Armitage check was used to check for temporal developments in deaths throughout the follow-up interval. Outcomes for YES and NO 10-s OLS have been in contrast by two-tailed Scholar’s t-tests or χ2 check, after checking, respectively, for the normality of distribution and homogeneity of variance and for the inexistence of anticipated cell depend lower than 1 and not more than 20% of cell counts lower than 5, relying on the variable. Spearman rank correlation coefficients have been used to calculate associations. Kaplan-Meier curves have been constructed and log-rank checks have been used to analyse survival occasions for the YES and NO 10-s OLS teams.

Whereas the CLINIMEX Train cohort contains women and men from 6 to 99 years of age, solely members aged between 51 and 75 years have been included on this mortality research, as survival curves (see on-line supplemental supplies) calculated at every 5 years of age interval beginning at 41–45 years indicated that the mix of related numbers of deaths and failures to finish the 10-s OLS check might be recognized solely utilizing the 51–75 years of age vary. The connection between 10-s OLS outcomes and all-cause mortality was modelled by Cox univariate and multivariable analyses, after affirmation of no departure from the proportionality of hazards assumptions utilizing Schoenfeld residuals.25 The proportionality check of every covariate in addition to a world check was performed. The check was not statistically vital for every of the covariates, and the worldwide check was additionally not statistically vital. Changes have been made for age, intercourse, BMI and medical variables (as beforehand described), utilizing the 10-s OLS YES group because the reference. For every participant, follow-up time was obtained utilizing the variety of days between the analysis and loss of life or censoring dates. Not one of the members have been misplaced to follow-up.

To evaluate whether or not including data on 10-s OLS to traditional threat elements was related to enchancment within the prediction of all-cause mortality, three statistical approaches have been employed. First, the development in threat discrimination ensuing from including data on 10-s OLS to a mannequin containing established threat elements (age, intercourse, BMI, medical historical past of coronary artery illness, hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidaemia) was quantified utilizing Harrell’s C-index.26 Comparability of the C-index for fashions together with and never together with data on the 10-s OLS was carried out in line with the methodology of DeLong.27 The 95% CIs for C-indices and their adjustments have been derived from jackknife SE. The C-index is acceptable for time-to-event information and gives the likelihood that the mannequin appropriately predicts the order of failure of randomly chosen pairs of people. A C-index of 1.0 signifies good prediction of the order of failure (on this case, mortality), whereas a C-index of 0.5 is achieved purely by likelihood. Second, the continual web reclassification enchancment (NRI) was calculated,28 which determines whether or not threat will increase circumstances making use of a brand new mannequin in contrast with a longtime or reference mannequin. Moreover, the built-in discrimination enchancment (IDI) was calculated, which integrates the NRI over all potential cut-offs.29 Along with Harrel’s C-index which will be insensitive in detecting variations as a result of it’s primarily based on ranks relatively than on steady information and never with the ability to assess calibration,30 31 we examined for variations within the −2 log probability of prediction fashions with and with out inclusion of 10-s OLS. The −2 log probability check has been really helpful as a extra delicate threat discrimination technique.30 31 Statistical significance stage was set at 5%, and 95% CIs have been calculated for all outcomes. Calculations have been carried out and figures ready utilizing both Prism (V.8.4.3; GraphPad, USA) or STATA (V.16; USA) statistical packages.

Affected person and public involvement

This analysis was performed with out affected person or public involvement within the research design, information evaluation, writing or enhancing.


The imply±SD age of the members was 61.7±6.8 years and 68% have been males. No hostile medical occasions or accidents occurred throughout the 10-s OLS testing. A complete of 348 (20.4%) members didn’t cross the check and have been categorised as NO. The lack to finish the check, that’s, 10-s OLS with both the suitable or left foot, rising with getting old, virtually doubling at every subsequent 5-year age-group intervals starting at age group of 51–55 years. The proportion of NO responders was 4.7% amongst these 51–55 years, 8.1% at 56–60 years, 17.8% at 61–65 years and 36.8% at 66–70 years. Within the age group of 71–75 years, nearly all of the members (53.6%) have been unable to efficiently full the 10-s OLS (determine 2). Throughout a median (IQR) follow-up time of seven (4.16–9.41) years, 123 members (7.2%) died, principally because of most cancers (32%), cardiovascular causes (30%), illnesses of the respiratory system (9%) and COVID-19 issues (7%) with no clear temporal developments within the deaths (p=0.77). Given a pattern of 1702 people together with 123 all-cause mortality occasions, we had 92% energy to detect a clinically vital HR of 1.84. The proportion of deaths within the NO group was increased than that within the YES group (17.5% vs 4.6%; p<0.001), reflecting an absolute distinction of 12.9%, however the distribution of the foremost underlying causes of loss of life didn’t differ considerably between the YES and NO teams (p=0.45).

Figure 2
Determine 2

YES= capacity or NO= incapacity to finish the check to 10-s one-legged stance check in line with age teams. This determine consists of data from people of a wider age vary than the one included for evaluation on this research as talked about beforehand.

A comparability of key variables for all members and individually for 10-s OLS YES and NO teams is offered in desk 1. Whereas intercourse distribution didn’t completely different considerably between the YES and NO teams, (p=0.76), a number of different variables together with age, BMI and waist-height ratio differed between the 2 teams (p<0.001). Normally, NO members had an unhealthier profile with the next proportion of members having coronary artery illness, hypertension, dyslipidaemia and weight problems. Essentially the most hanging distinction was for diabetes mellitus, which was thrice extra widespread within the NO group (37.9%) as in contrast with the YES group (12.6%) (p<0.001).

Desk 1

Demographic and medical traits of women and men aged 51–75 years in line with the power to finish 10-s one-legged stance check

Correlation coefficients between a NO 10-s OLS response and age and several other anthropometric variables of potential curiosity are proven in determine 3. Except peak, incapacity to finish the 10-s OLS was considerably related to all the opposite variables (p<0.001). The 2 highest correlation coefficients between NO and chosen steady variables have been 0.40 for age and 0.26 for waist-height ratio.

Figure 3
Determine 3

Spearman correlation coefficients between the lack to finish the 10-s one-legged stance check and demographic and anthropometric variables. Values of r>0.048 (optimistic or unfavourable) have been vital at 5% of likelihood.

10-s OLS and all-cause mortality affiliation and threat prediction

Kaplan-Meier survival curves have been considerably completely different for YES and NO responders (p<0.001) (determine 4). Cox proportional hazard evaluation indicated that incapacity to finish the 10-s OLS was related to a considerably increased threat for all-cause mortality. An age-adjusted and a multivariable-adjusted—age, intercourse, BMI and medical comorbidities (together with historical past of coronary artery illness, hypertension, diabetes, weight problems and dyslipidaemia) confirmed HRs (95% CI) of two.18 (1.48 to three.22; p<0.001) and 1.84 (1.23 to 2.78; p=0.003)), respectively (desk 2). A directed acyclic graph displaying a minimally adequate set of confounders for adjustment can be offered (determine 5).

Figure 4
Determine 4

Kaplan-Meier survival curves of members aged 51–75 years outdated divided by capacity (YES) and incapacity (NO) to finish the 10-s one-legged stance check.

Figure 5
Determine 5

Directed acyclic graph (DAG) of affiliation between demographic and anthropometric variables, presence of comorbidities, the power to finish 10-s one-legged stance (10-s OLS) and all-cause mortality. The inexperienced field is the publicity variable (10-s OLS). The blue field ‘I’ is the end result variable (all-cause mortality). The gray containers are potential cofounding variables. Different potential however unmeasured confounders have been omitted from the determine for simplicity. Gender, 10-s OLS, comorbidities, medical standing (wholesome or unhealthy) and important standing have been used as dichotomous variables. This DAG exhibits 4 confounding paths: the trail by way of age, intercourse, physique mass index (BMI) and medical standing (wholesome vs unhealthy). Thus, the minimally adequate adjustment to get the whole impact of the publicity on the end result is to regulate for age, intercourse, BMI and medical standing.

Desk 2

Associations of capacity to finish 10-s one-legged stance steadiness check (10-s OLS) with all-cause mortality in 1702 women and men aged 51–75 years outdated (123 deaths, 7.2%; median follow-up time=7 years)

An all-cause mortality mannequin containing established threat elements yielded a C-index of 0.7990 (0.7563, 0.8417). After addition of the 10-s OLS binary outcomes, the C-index was 0.8090 (0.7678, 0.8503), a rise of 0.0100 (–0.0005, 0.0205; p=0.06). The −2 log probability mannequin confirmed vital enchancment after addition of the 10-s OLS binary outcomes to the mannequin (p for comparability=0.002). The continual NRI and IDI have been 17.50% (95% CI −1.46 to 36.45; p=0.07) and 0.0143 (95% CI 0.0019 to 0.0267; p=0.024), respectively, suggesting additive worth of the lack to finish the 10-s OLS check.


Annually an estimated 684 000 people die from falls globally, of which over 80% are in low/middle-income nations.13 Whereas it’s recognized that good ranges of steadiness are related for a lot of day by day life actions,32 there may be appreciable proof that lack of steadiness can be detrimental for well being and that some train interventions might enhance steadiness.12 32–37 Nevertheless, it’s presently unsure if the outcomes of repeated 10-s OLS checks can be amenable to intervention, that’s, train or steadiness coaching, and if adjustments in 10-s OLS over time would affect mortality threat.38

In our 13 years of medical expertise routinely utilizing the 10-s OLS static steadiness check in adults with a large age vary and various medical situations,39 the check has been remarkably protected, well-received by the members, and importantly, easy to include in our routine follow because it requires lower than 1 or 2 min to be utilized.

Prognostic data

The power to finish the 10-s OLS check begins to progressively diminish with ageing, roughly halving at every subsequent 5-year age group interval. Said otherwise, the members within the oldest age group—71–75 years—have been greater than 11 occasions extra prone to be a NO responder as in contrast with these simply 20 years youthful and belonging to the youngest age group within the research—51–55 years. The power to finish the 10-s OLS tended to indicate each a ceiling and a flooring when it comes to an age profile, with very uncommon (<1%) youthful members (<45 years of age) failing and comparatively few members older than 80 years capable of full the check (see on-line supplemental materials).

Univariate evaluation indicated {that a} NO 10-s OLS response was considerably and instantly related to age, with a excessive waist-height ratio and the prevalence of diabetes mellitus. Our outcomes are concordant with these of Neri et al40 who discovered that adiposity measures, specifically waist circumference, have been related to postural instability and better threat of falls in older adults. As well as, the upper proportion of members with diabetes mellitus within the NO 10-s OLS group means that a few of these members have subclinical central or autonomic nervous system dysfunction, as has been not too long ago reported.41

Our information present that middle-aged and older members unable to finish the 10-s OLS had decrease survival over a median of seven years in contrast with these capable of full the check, with an 84% increased threat of all-cause mortality, even when different doubtlessly confounding variables reminiscent of age, intercourse, BMI and medical comorbidities or threat elements, together with presence of coronary artery illness, hypertension, weight problems, dyslipidaemia and diabetes mellitus, have been taken into consideration. The utility of the 10-s OLS check for mortality threat evaluation is additional corroborated by the truth that it supplied an enchancment in mortality threat discrimination utilizing measures together with IDI and distinction in −2 log probability.

Comparability of present findings with the literature

A research printed in 200715 proposed normative values for OLS timing primarily based on outcomes obtained in 549 males/ladies divided into six age teams starting from 18 to 80+ years. Just like our research, they discovered that OLS efficiency was strongly and negatively influenced by age however unaffected by intercourse.15 There’s restricted data within the literature relating steadiness to all-cause mortality. In a latest Japanese research with 1085 aged members (65–89 years),22 it was noticed that OLS timing was strongly related to all-cause mortality, with an adjusted-relative threat worth just like the present research utilizing related covariates (1.91 (95% CI 1.39 to 2.63)). In a latest cohort research, Cao et al42 evaluated static steadiness in 5816 women and men older than 40 years who have been adopted for a median of 12.5 years and noticed that these with a steadiness dysfunction had a 44% increased threat of all-cause mortality when put next with these having regular ends in the 4 situations assessed within the modified Romberg check of standing steadiness on agency and compliant help surfaces.

It needs to be identified that OLS has been used to evaluate steadiness for greater than 50 years; Fregly et al16 have been the primary to report normative requirements for OLS primarily based on a wholesome pattern of navy women and men. It’s notable that in most research OLS outcomes have been expressed as time in seconds, typically restricted to 30 or 60 s, reflecting the period that members have been capable of keep the OLS place.15 16 43–45 Whereas that is potential for younger adults, it turns into progressively harder with ageing. Certainly, our information point out that almost all of members aged >70 years have been unable to finish 10-s OLS. Furthermore, whereas evidently reliability is reasonable to good for timing OLS research,46 it’s potential that in a medical setting with older members timing measurements are typically much less reproducible because of excessive intraparticipant and interobserver variation, doubtlessly limiting the validity of the OLS outcomes. Moreover, there are distinct methods through which OLS has been assessed, with variations in arm/hand positions, whether or not arm actions for stabilisation are allowed and place of the other leg and foot, with a few of the research permitting a swing leg that includes a muscle energy element.18 38 47–49

Due to this fact, our outcomes are usually not solely confirmatory of the research talked about above, however they lengthen these observations and make them sensible for routine medical use. Certainly, it’s easier and sure extra reproducible to have a transparent time reference reminiscent of 10 s as used within the present research, as in contrast with recording the time through which the topic is ready to stay in OLS.


There are a number of strengths to our research. The ten-s OLS testing was carried out in well-controlled conditions and beneath direct well being skilled surveillance. The ten-s OLS check was simple to clarify to the participant, to use and to acquire the binary outcome used within the research (YES or NO responder). Median follow-up time and the share of deaths within the pattern supplied applicable statistical energy for evaluation and to handle the intention of the research. As well as, there have been information obtainable from a number of anthropometric and medical variables that have been used for clinically related multivariable modelling.


Some limitations are notable. First, this CLINIMEX Train cohort is primarily composed of members of white race and belonging to increased socioeconomic strata in Brazil. Any extrapolation of those findings to populations distinct from this profile needs to be interpreted with warning. Additionally it is potential {that a} extra refined measure of OLS steadiness, reminiscent of centre of strain displacement in a given time period, would supply higher discrimination and enhance the worth of this evaluation when it comes to survival. Nevertheless, this could make testing rather more troublesome to include as a easy medical routine follow. Second, use of HRs could also be uninformative as a result of they make direct comparisons between threat elements troublesome to interpret. In addition they implies a continuing relative hazard all through the follow-up, which is normally not the case.50 As well as, they’ve a built-in choice because of conditioning on those that have survived. Third, a number of potential confounder variables weren’t obtainable for the members, together with latest historical past of falls, sample of bodily exercise or train and sports activities follow, eating regimen, smoking and the usage of drugs which will intrude with steadiness. Fourth, since we didn’t have repeat measurements of the publicity, we have been unable to handle time-varying confounding in addition to time-varying confounding affected by prior publicity as potential confounders and to supply us the prospect to right for potential regression dilution bias and, lastly, we now have not used the Okay-fold cross-validation’s strategy, because of the comparatively restricted pattern dimension of our research. Future research ought to discover whether or not 10-s OLS outcomes add prognostic data when information can be found for different parts of bodily health.

Lastly, investigation of the organic mechanisms which will clarify the noticed associations between poor OLS steadiness and all-cause mortality is required. Additionally it is of curiosity to analyze whether or not extra detailed or refined assessments of static steadiness, reminiscent of together with a measurement of the centre of strain displacement, variety of trials required, completely different arm or foot positions and/or utilizing closed eyes throughout the OLS, may contribute to much more highly effective survival analyses.


Our research signifies that the lack to finish a 10-s OLS in middle-aged and older members is expounded to the next threat of all-cause mortality and, consequently, to a shorter life expectancy.

Key messages

How may it impression on medical follow sooner or later?

  • 10-s OLS gives speedy and goal suggestions for the affected person and well being professionals concerning static steadiness.

  • The routine utility of a easy and protected static steadiness check—10-s OLS—provides helpful data concerning mortality threat in middle-aged and older women and men.

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Ethics approval

This research includes human members and was permitted by the Ethics Committee CONEP Brazilian Authorities (reference no: 4.459.555). Members gave knowledgeable consent to take part within the research earlier than participating.


The authors thank all members who voluntarily permitted us to anonymously use their information and to the Secretary of Well being of Rio de Janeiro state for offering the important information data to the members of CLINIMEX Train cohort.

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