Prolonged Sitting Raises Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Death

Prolonged Sitting Raises Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Death

 


Sitting around for long periods raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and premature death, even for people who have the amount of daily physical activity recommended by health professionals.

These were the conclusions of a large piece of research covering nearly 800,000 participants published in Diabetologia this week.

"The average adult spends 50-70% of their time sitting so the findings of this study have far reaching implications," says Emma Wilmot, a a Clinical Research Fellow in Diabetes and Endocrinology working at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, in Leicester General Hospital.

"By simply limiting the time that we spend sitting, we may be able to reduce our risk of diabetes, heart disease and death," she urges.

Catharine Paddock PhD, Medical News Today , Oct 15, 2012
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