Sitting 2

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sitting too much may lead to diabetes and heart disease, regardless of how often you work out. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a study that looked at the link between inactivity and diabetes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

No matter how much you workout, it may not be enough to prevent you from developing diabetes or heart disease.

A study by English researchers linked prolonged sitting to greater odds of these diseases, even in people who exercise regularly.

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

Researchers 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.

Prolonged sitting was also linked to a greater risk of death from all causes, but the strongest link was to diabetes.

Researchers added that the evidence linking prolonged sitting to poorer overall health is mounting, even for those who exercise regularly.

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