February 25, 2013

Sitting For Long Hours Causes, Diabetes, Hypertension

Sitting for more than four hours can lead to chronic diseases
Sitting for more than four hours can lead to chronic diseases

A new study says that sitting for more than four hours per day makes people vulnerable to diabetes and hypertension.

Emma George, from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) School of Science and Health, conducted the study with UWS science and health Dean Gregory Kolt and Richard Rosenkranz, from the Kansas State University.

Emma said, “Compared with those who spent four hours or less sitting down each day, participants reporting longer times of sitting were much more likely to report serious health conditions.”

“The rates of chronic diseases reported by the participants exponentially increased in proportion with the amount of time the participants spent sitting down,” Emma added.

Emma George also said, “Despite your levels of physical activity, the more time you spend sitting the less time your body has to stay active and expend energy.”

Emma added that the study was highly relevant to office workers and anyone whose daily job required them to sit down for long periods of time, such as truck drivers.

“The results of this study suggest that there is potential for people to improve their overall health if they found more opportunities to move around during the day and reduce the amount of time spent sitting,” she also said.

Agencies

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