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Perils of Sitting?

Perils of Sitting?

Posted - Aug. 31, 2010 at 12:14 p.m.



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The following news may be particularly important to your health. Are you sitting down? If so É maybe you shouldn't be. Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Haines, host of HealthDay TV.

America is facing an epidemic of obesity, in part because many people aren't getting enough physical activity. Research has found that spending more time sitting down is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
A new study from the American Journal of Epidemiology finds more evidence that sitting too much may be harmful. Researchers followed more than 123,000 men and women for 14 years. They found that women who sat at least six hours a day - compared to those sitting less than three hours - had a 34-percent greater risk of dying. Men who sat at least six hours daily had a 17-percent greater risk.

More time spent sitting appeared to increase risk even if regular exercise entered the equation. The researchers suggest that if you spend a lot of time in a chair each day, now's a good time to start finding reasons to get up and walk around more. IÕm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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