Increased Risk for Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Death from Extended Sitting

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(Best Syndication News) - A European study found people who sat for extensive periods of time had an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and death. The study results were published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Lead author, Dr. Emma Wilmot, a research fellow in the Diabetes Research Group at the University of Leicester, and colleagues investigated the results of 18 other studies that had a combined 794,577 participants. There investigation found that people who sat for long periods were at a two-fold increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and death.

Even if the person met the typical physical-activity guidelines, they still could be at risk if they sit for ample amounts of time every day.

Dr. Wilmot suggests that standing instead of sitting may help to reduce the risk diabetes, heart disease, and death. People at risk for diabetes, such as the obese, South Asian ethnicity, or those with a family history, may benefit by standing more than sitting.

Co-investigator, Professor Stuart Biddle, of Loughborough University, suggested that people could put a laptop on top of a filing cabinet so a person can stand instead of sit. They could walk during their lunch break. Instead of watching TV, people could find activities that get them moving more.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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