Sitting And Disease

 Dr Bollmann, Skin Care Specialist, Anti-Aging Expert

My physical therapist says, "Sitting is the silent killer of the spine." And those of you getting older, you know what I mean. For the young ones, eventually it will get you too. The only prevention for this is regular exercise and movement.

Previously, a number of studies report a link between being sedentary and risks of chronic diseases -  “Beware The Chair”.  David Alter, from the University of Toronto (Canada), and colleagues report findings of their meta-analysis, involving studies assessing sedentary behavior in adults on cardiovascular disease and diabetes (14 studies), cancer (14 studies), and all-cause mortality (13 studies). 

Sitting for prolonged periods raised the risk of cardiovascular disease by 14%, cancer by 13%, and diabetes by 91%. 

Those who sat for long stretches and got no regular exercise had a 40% higher risk of early death. With regular exercise, the risk was smaller but still significant: about 10%.  The study authors warn that: “Prolonged sedentary time was independently associated with deleterious health outcomes regardless of physical activity."

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