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EC Gazette

01-Jan-2013 to 01-Jan-2013

Resolve to do something simple that helps you live longer: Stand UP. Besides giving you a better attitude, getting up from your desk or couch can have a big impact on your health, according to recent studies equating more time sitting with a shorter, less healthy life. 
 
The results of 18 studies involving 794,577 people found “the average adult spends 50 to 70 percent of their time sitting." After examining time sitting with health, they found people who sat the most had a 112% increase in risk of diabetes; and a 49% greater risk of dying prematurely. This was true even if the research participant regularly exercised. The reason, “The most striking feature of prolonged sitting is the absence of skeletal muscle contractions, particularly in the very large muscles of the lower limbs.” Lack of muscle contraction means less glucose burned, resulting in surplus blood sugar which contributes to diabetes and other health risks. In other words... stand up and live longer. Read the article

Article by Dr. Steven Weiniger

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