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Standing proud

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There’s never been a better reason to hold your head up high. A Scottish study contends that people with high levels of pride are much less likely to fall than those with low self-esteem. The researchers from the University of Stirling, the University of Aberdeen and the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley analysed data from over 11,000 people over the age of 60 and found that a higher level of pride was associated with a 19 per cent decrease in the risk of having a fall in two years, even taking into account factors like age, sex, history of falls and income status. As London newspaper The Telegraph tells us, the researchers believe that proud pensioners may walk with a better posture and head position and a more positive gait; this would allow them to better identify and avoid hazards. “Contrary to the well-known saying ‘pride comes before a fall’, these findings suggest that pride may actually be a protective factor against falling in older adults,” co-author Dr Michael Daly from Stirling University tells the newspaper. The study was published in British Medical Journal.

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February 2018