How long do you spend time sitting in a day? Recent studies have found that sitting over three hours a day could potentially reduce life expectancy by two years. While watching television over two hours cuts chances of survival of 1.4 years. There are also limits on how long a child can watch television.
“Increasing sedentary behavior or lack of movement is a serious risk factor, as well as smoking and obesity,” says Peter Katzmarzyk, associate professor of epidemiology of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana, United States, according to Time.
Katzmarzyk analyzed five previous studies involving 167,000 men and women aged 18-90 years from various countries.
Many people do not realize the dangers of sitting too long. Many feels not to have health problems by exercising at least 30 minutes a day. They do not realize that filling rest with 23.5 hours of physical activity are also important.
“When you sit down, your leg muscles are not really active. And you will have difficulty managing blood glucose, which would have an impact on health,” he said.
Previous studies linked the length of time to sit and watch TV with health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Associated with the disease susceptible to trigger premature death.
In the past year, scientists found that those who work with high sitting intensity or do not require much energy for 10 years, have an doubled increased risk of colon cancer, and increased risk of anal cancer which is 44 percent.
In March, they also found the risk of cancer to obesity and physical inactivity. The cancers, among others, cancer of the kidney, pancreas, lower esophagus and uterus.
Previously it was also known that sitting too long increases the risks of diabetes.Tagged with: sit more than three hours, sitting disease, sitting too long,