Sitting Increases Heart Risks

(WebMD) – Your workout routine may not be enough to keep you healthy if you sit for many hours a day.

A new analysis links prolonged sitting to greater odds of diabetes, heart disease, and death — even in people who exercise regularly.

“Many people think that if they work out every day that’s all they need to do,” says researcher Emma Wilmot, MD, of England’s University of Leicester. “But those with jobs that require sitting all day may still be at risk.”

Between the time spent driving and seated in front of a desk, computer, or TV, the average adult spends between 50% and 70% of their day sitting down, Wilmot says.

Wilmot’s team analyzed 18 studies that together included nearly 800,000 people.

People who sat for the longest periods of time were twice as likely to have diabetes or heart disease than those who sat the least. That was even true of people who did moderate to vigorous physical activity on a regular basis.


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