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Walking speed could be a determinating factor of ageing speed


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Slower walking speeds in old age have been linked to a higher risk of dementia and decline.

Slower walking at the age of 45 is a sign of faster ageing.

Study's 1000 participants had physical tests, brain function tests, brain scans, cognitive tests in childhood.

Researchers tested the walking speed of participants on an 8m-long pad.

Brain scans showed the slower walkers were more likely to have older-looking brains.

Measuring walking speed at a younger age could be a way of testing treatments to slow human ageing.

The study was published in JAMA Network Open.

People who walked slower had a worse state of lungs, teeth and immune system

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