- A study suggests that individuals should have breaks from sitting habits at least every 30 minutes
- The new US study finds that long period of sitting can cause early death
- A medical expert from Canada said that this is due to the body’s failure to metabolize sugar due to the body’s inactivity
A new study in the United States has linked prolonged sitting to increased risks of dying early.
The study conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center found that people should take sitting breaks every 30 minutes to lessen the risks of early death. This is also true even to individuals who are fond of exercising regularly.
“If you sit at work all day, if you sit at home a lot, then you should be really mindful of trying to take a break from your sitting habits as often as possible – at least every 30 minutes,” study co-author Keith Diaz was quoted in an article posted on The Guardian.
“Even if you exercise, you still should be mindful of taking breaks and be moving throughout the day, because exercise is not enough to overcome the risks of sitting, and sitting in long bouts,” she added.
The researchers tracked the behavior of around 8,000 participants aged 45 and above across the United States from 2009 to 2013. Each individual wore an accelerometers for at least four times in a week.
The participants were tracked in 2015; with 340 people have already died.
Study results showed that those who are sedentary for roughly 13 hours in a day have twice the chance of dying early than those spending less than 11 hours a day inactive.
They also found out that those with inactivity period of more than 12 minutes also have double the risk of dying than those with inactivity period of seven minutes.
In an article posted by Reuters, Dr. David Alter of the University Health Network – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Canada explained the science behind the study results.
“The lack of activity in our muscles affects our ability to metabolize our sugars efficiently. Over time, our body accumulates excess fat, which can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and death,” said Alter.