Prolonged sitting puts health at risk: Study

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Simon Fraser University has conducted a new study to back up the claim that delayed sitting can be hazardous to your health. A global survey of more than 100,000 people in 21 countries found that people who sat six to eight hours a day had a 12-13% increased risk of early death and coronary disease, while those who who sat for more than eight hours each day. increased it to a sobering 20 percent. (Also read: Can you get a heart attack by sitting too long? Cardiologist on how to calculate risk, prevention tips)

The study, led by Simon Fraser University professor of wellness sciences Scott Lear and Wei Li of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, was published in the journal Jama Cardiology.

After surveying people for an average of 11 years, it was found that high rates of sitting time are associated with an increased risk of early death and cardiovascular disease. Sitting has been problematic in all countries, especially in low and lower middle income countries.

According to the study, people who sat the most and weren’t very physically active had the highest risk – up to 50 percent – while people who sat the most but were also physically active at the same time had a significantly lower risk. . is about 17 percent.

“For those who sit more than four hours a day, replacing half an hour of sitting with practice reduced the risk by two percent,” Lear said.

He added: “With only one out of every four Canadians following traffic rules, there is a real open door for people to take action and reduce the chances of early death and heart disease.”

The study found a particular relationship in lower-income countries, leading the researchers to suggest that this may be because staying in higher-income countries is generally associated with higher socioeconomic status and higher-paying jobs.

Lear noted, “Physicians should focus less on sitting than on doing more, as mediating at minimal cost can have enormous benefits. evaluate their lifestyle and take their well-being seriously.”

He added that “our study found that the combination of sitting and inactivity accounted for 8.8% of all deaths, which is close to the contribution of smoking (10.6% in Lear and Lee’s study).” surprisingly simple fix. Scheduling the time to get out of your chair is a great start.”

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