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Wen-ling Chen
04-20-1998, 04:42 AM
Dear netters:

I am very sorry about the terrible format of my previous email. Here
comes the beautiful one!

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Let me put some points to stir the discussion on the slower
walking pace of the elderly.

In a cross-sectional pilot study, we found that Caucasianhealthy
women did not significantly slow down their walking pace until very old
(almost up to age 70 years, n=40); Caucasian men, 65 years (n=49);
Asian men, 55 years (n=47); Asian women, 45 years (n=80). The results
might not be perfect owing to insufficient number of Caucasian women
subjects. If this trend is true, will the explanations of elderly
slowing become different?

Provided that "joint stiffness" mentioned earlier in this list
accounted for slower walking pace of the elderly, why do the Asian,
often reported with less incidence of gonarthrosis or coxarthrosis than
the Caucasian, slow down the walking path ealier in their lives than the
Caucasian? On the other hand, Asian people often have significantly
lower bone density.

Slowing down, from my point of view, is advantageous to
gonarthrosis prevention. I will be very grateful if anyone of you are
interested in replying to me about following questions:

1. Are you Caucasian or Asian ?
2. Do you walk faster than your wife/husband/partner? What is your age
and her/his age?
3. If you are younger than 45 years, does your father walk slower than
your mother? How old are they?

It is perhaps the first large survey in this list. I will be
very happy to summarize all the replies and post it as soon as
possible. Please do take some time to answer it, because it may be very
helpful for disease prevention.

Thank you very much in advance!

Wen-ling Chen
D.Phil student,
Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre
University of Oxford
email: spet0196@sable.ox.ac.uk

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