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Sitting tied to increased death risk, study findsPosted On Thu, July 22, 2010
More evidence has emerged that spending time sitting around isn't good for people's health. In fact, research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology says that spending too much time sitting may increase a person's risk of death.
A research team led by Dr. Alpa Patel reviewed survey responses from over 123,000 people and the number of hours spent sitting and compared their death rate between 1993 and 2006.
Women who sat over six hours a day were 37 percent more likely, and men were 18 percent more likely, to pass away during the study's time frame than those who sat for less than three hours, according to the research.
The team believes that public health messages need to be altered to reflect their findings.
"Public health messages and guidelines should be refined to include reducing time spent sitting in addition to promoting physical activity," the authors suggest.
Getting up and moving around offers many health benefits. USA Today cites a study where sedentary women reported feeling more lively and in a better mood once they began exercising as little as 10 minutes. People who are looking to gain lower life insurance rates should try to stay in optimal health.
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