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Too much sitting linked to shortened lives

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  1. micropage7

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    Australians who spent a lot of time sitting at a desk or in front of a TV were more likely to die of any cause during a three-year period than those who were only sedentary a few hours a day, in a new study.

    Researchers found that the link between too much time sitting and shortened lives stuck when they accounted for how much moderate or vigorous exercise people got as well as their weight and other measures of health.

    That suggests shifting some time from sitting to light physical activity -- such as slow walking and active chores -- might have important long-term benefits, researchers said.

    "When we give people messages about how much physical activity they should be doing, we also need to talk to them about reducing the amount of hours they spend sitting each day," Hidde van der Ploeg, the new study's lead author from the University of Sydney, told Reuters Health in an email.

    Of more than 200,000 adults age 45 and older, van der Ploeg and his colleagues found that people who reported sitting for at least 11 hours a day were 40 percent more likely to die during the study than those who sat less than four hours daily.

    That doesn't prove sitting, itself, cuts people's lives short, he pointed out.

    Although the researchers also asked participants about a variety of lifestyle habits, there could be other unmeasured differences between people who spend a lot or a little time sitting each day.

    Still, the findings are consistent with other recent studies suggesting health consequences from too much sitting, said Mark Tremblay, an obesity and activity researcher at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.

    "Sitting or reclining, especially in front of screens, is bad for you regardless of your age," said Tremblay, who wasn't involved in the new research.

    People tend to think they're okay as long as they get their "dose" of working out each day, he told Reuters Health.

    But, "Getting your 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week is not insurance against chronic disease," Tremblay added.

    Instead, time spent doing moderate or vigorous exercise and time being totally sedentary may each affect long-term disease risks separately, he said.

    http://news.yahoo.com/too-much-sitting-linked-shortened-lives-160234206.html
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    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110712093859.htm
     
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    i was reading a study that said diet and level of activity are numbers 2 & 3 behind smoking as preventable cancer causers. i try to stay active but it never feels like enough...
     
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    sitting for 11 hours a day? truck drivers should be worried, but you'd have to be extremely lazy to not move for so much time (or have an office job... but hell, i drive a car for a living and i walk constantly)
     
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    Yes yes we know. These studies were all the rage last year.
     
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    Studies like this one shorting my life expectancy
     
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    What if the participants and people didn't care to live any longer if they couldn't sit and enjoy their life. Did they study that?
     
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    Nice way to say the study didn't really show any real cause and effect. :shadedshu
     
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    Doesn't apply to Stephen Hawking. Bless him.
     
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    WOW guess I am going to die soon! Can't wait!
     
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    Well that's it im definitely dead
     
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    Sounds good to me. Bring it on, death.
     
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    trickson OH, I have such a headache

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    Yeah let's do this! :rockout:
     
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    That does sort of contradict the headline. And is it just me, but how is this even worth researching? You don't need to look further than evolution to know the human body is designed to be active.
     
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    Well, in extreme cases, too much sitting in a chair can lead to a fairly-sudden-death:
    Deep vein thrombosis --> Pulmonary Embolism --> Bye bye.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_vein_thrombosis
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulmonary_embolism

    I recall hearing one of those 'weird news factoid' stories a while ago where a hardcore gamer died in this way, or something similar.

    The moral of the story is to do what your mother told/tells you and "go outside and get some fresh air" occasionally :laugh:
     
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    its for your own protection. DO IT.
     
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