Sitting

Friday, June 08, 2012

Need more proof that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for you? Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study that linked sitting with increased death risk in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Spending too much time in a chair is bad for your health. Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that people who spend a lot of time sitting may be up to 40 percent more likely to die from any cause, compared to people who dont sit as long.

The study tracked nearly 222,500 Australian adults for about three years. During that time, peoples odds of dying dovetailed with how much time they spent sitting.

Compared to people who spent less than four hours per day sitting, the odds of dying were:

15 percent higher for people who sat for at least eight hours

40 percent higher for people who sat for 11 or more hours a day

Exercise and movement have a positive effect on blood fats called triglycerides and other heart risks and improve blood pressure.

The study doesnt prove that sitting killed people. Still, theres no doubt that movement is good for many reasons.

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