Prolonged sitting puts health at risk: Study

June 18, 2022 16:19 IST

Washington [US]Jun 18 (ANI): Simon Fraser University has released new research that bolsters the claim that delayed sitting can be hazardous to your health.
A global study that studied more than 100,000 people in 21 countries found that those who sat for six to eight hours a day had a 12-13 percent greater risk of premature death and cardiovascular disease, while those who sat for more than eight hours per day increased that to a sobering 20 percent.
Co-led by Scott Lear, a social sciences lecturer at Simon Fraser University and Wei Li of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, the study was published in the journal “Jama Cardiology.”
After examining people for an average of 11 years, it was found that a high amount of sitting time was associated with an increased risk of premature death and cardiovascular disease. Sitting was problematic in all countries, but especially in low-income and lower-middle-income countries.
According to the study, people who sat the most and were not very physically active had the highest risk — up to 50 percent — while those who sat the most but were physically active at the same time had a significantly lower risk of about 17 percent.

“For those who sit more than four hours a day, replacing half an hour of sitting with exercise reduced the gamble by two percent,” Lear noted.
He added, “With only one in four Canadians adhering to the exercise rules, there is a real open door here for individuals to build their action and reduce their chances of early death and heart disease.”
The study found a specific relationship in lower-income countries, leading researchers to estimate that this could be because sitting in higher-income countries is typically associated with higher socioeconomic status and better-paying jobs.
Lear noted, “Physicians should focus not so much on sitting, but rather on more action, as minimal cost mediation can have huge benefits. But while clinicians need to get the message about countering sitting with action, people are all the more likely to evaluate their way of life and treat their well-being seriously.”
He added: “Our study found that a combination of sitting and inactivity was responsible for 8.8 percent of all deaths, which is close to the contribution of smoking (10.6 percent in the study by Lear and Li). ” a remarkably simple solution. Scheduling time to get out of that chair is a good start.” (ANI)

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