(ORDO NEWS) — Diabetes, obesity of the heart, liver disease, and even cancer – all these ailments literally flourish if we lead a sedentary lifestyle.
A sedentary lifestyle harms our health more than alcohol and smoking – more and more researchers come to this conclusion.
If it was previously believed that regular exercise helps to offset the harm from prolonged sitting, then recent research confirms that the harm from a sedentary lifestyle is cumulative.
To date, doctors are sure that the only way to maintain their health is to take short breaks throughout the day, during which they engage in physical education.
A short lunchtime walk, five minutes of sit-ups and bend-overs, and a few lunges or jumps at the end of the day will keep you healthy and help reduce your risk of developing very serious illnesses. Here are the top 5 diseases that threaten those who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
A study published in the journal Diabetologia found that the less time we spend sitting, the lower our risk of developing diabetes. According to the authors of the study, this is an even more effective strategy than regular exercise: the more time we spend in a sitting position, the higher the level of blood sugar and cholesterol.
2- Diseases of the heart and blood vessels
An Australian study of more than 63,000 adults aged 45 to 65 found that those who sat for four hours or less every day ended up being half as likely to develop hypertension, heart disease, or vascular disease. The authors of the British study, who studied the health data of 800,000 people, came to similar results.
If you spend 6 hours or more in a sitting position every day, your chances of dying from colon cancer increase by 36%, according to researchers from the American Cancer Society. Scientists have not yet found the cause of this dependence, but they believe that prolonged sitting leads to poor control of glucose and insulin levels, which may contribute to tumor growth.
4- Obesity of the heart
Regular exercise helps burn fat that accumulates around the internal organs – but this does not apply to the heart. This conclusion was made by researchers from the University of California. Therefore, the most effective way to protect your heart from obesity is to sit as little as possible.
5- Kidney disease
Women who sat less than three hours a day had a 30% lower risk of developing kidney disease than those who sat more than eight hours a day. For men, this figure is 15% – you must admit, it is also a lot.
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