Why we humans are losing our balance and what we can do to get it back – BBC News

After traffic accidents, falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in the world.

According to a 2018 World Health Organization report, about 646,000 people die every year as a result of a fall, while 37.3 million falls are serious enough to require medical attention.

Not only is the number large, but in the last two decades the number has doubled, and the age at which falls typically begin to occur (which typically occur in adults over 60 or 65 years old) is getting ahead.

The data show that, in part, human beings are losing the ability to keep in balance, such a natural ability for us that we rarely realize all the processes involved.

How have we been losing this skill and what can we do to regain it?

Complex operation

Although staying upright and balanced is something that comes naturally to us, it is an activity that sets in motion several physical and cognitive processes that feed into each other.

“Balance requires a series of sensory information“Dawn Skelton, professor at the Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine at Glasgow Caledonian University, in the United Kingdom, explains to BBC Mundo.

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