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Slow walking speed 'could indicate Alzheimer's'

Slow walking speed 'could indicate Alzheimer's'
3rd December 2015

Reduced walking speed in later life may be linked to the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

New research has revealed that individuals who start to walk slower in old age may be suffering from the buildup of amyloid plaque in their brands, which eventually leads to Alzheimer's.

A study carried out the Center of Excellence in Neurodegeneration of Toulouse, France found that pensioners who walked slower than the average speed of 2.3 miles per hour had a higher concentration of amyloid plaque.

Lead researcher Dr Natalia del Campo commented: "It's possible that having subtle walking disturbances in addition to memory concerns may signal Alzheimer's disease, even before people show any clinical symptoms."

Dr Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK said it is important that further research is carried out to explore this link further as there are several factors that can lead to people walking slower in older age.

She added that a range of physical problems can be associated with Alzheimer's, as well as forgetfulness and confusion.

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