Prolonged Sitting

Monday, June 14, 2010

Heres some bad news for office workers and couch potatoes; sitting still for prolonged periods of time can put you at higher risk of disease. Dr. Edward Hill talks about a study by Swedish researches that looked at inactivity in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People who sit still for prolonged periods have a higher risk of disease than those who move their muscles throughout the day.

Sitting promotes a lack of whole-body muscle movement, which Swedish researchers say is the more correct way to define sedentary behavior.

Many people mistakenly believe the term sedentary refers to people who do not exercise. But the research team proposed that sedentary behavior is instead a distinct class of behaviors, unrelated to a lack of exercise, that boost bad health.

Behaviors can include habits like television watching. Recent evidence has shown that sitting in front of the TV for hours on end can raise your risk of early death from heart disease.

A womans risk of metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes and heart disease, jumps 26 percent for every extra hour she sits in front of the TV, according to one study cited by the researchers.

Whole-body muscular inactivity associated with prolonged sitting has also been strongly linked to obesity and even certain types of cancer.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.