Issue: Winter 2016 / July 2016
Is Sitting Bad for Your Health?
According to a FAQ on the Mayo Clinic's web site:
Answers from James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D.
Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
One study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those with greater screen time had:- A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause - About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack
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