If you want to stay as healthy as possible – then stand up. This is the advice being given to office workers, drivers and other employees who spend extended periods of time sitting down at their office desks which, according to recent research, significantly increases the risk of developing diabetes and cancer.
The study was carried out by Kansas State University and, led by Professor Richard Rosenkranz, looked into the sitting habits of more than 63,000 men aged between 45 and 65 in New South Wales, Australia. Though only men were studied in this particular research, the findings are also likely to apply to women.
Comparing men who remained seated for less than four hours, four to six hours, six to eight hours and over eight hours, the study looked into related health problems. Findings included:
Those who sat for in excess of four hours a day were ‘significantly more likely’ to report having one of a number of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or cancer
The chance of such a condition being reported increased as participants indicated a higher amount of time spent sitting
Results were consistent across factors including age, height, weight and level of physical activity
Professor Rosenkranz said: “We saw a steady stair-step increase in risk of chronic diseases the more participants sat.. the group sitting more than eight hours clearly had the highest risk.” He then warned that: “A lot of office jobs that require long periods of sitting may be hazardous to your health because of inactivity and the low levels of energy expenditure.”
This study adds to the large body of research that shows how sitting for extended periods can have dramatic negative effects on human health and wellbeing. Other studies have shown that:
Compared to someone who watches no television, someone who watches six hours a day can cut their lifespan by five years
People who sit for long periods have higher cholesterol and blood sugar along with a corresponding larger waist size
Less than 50% of adults meet the physical activity recommendations of the World Health Organisation
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