Long periods of Sitting can die earlier

Increased risk for heart disease, Diabetes and cancer by Sitting

Many are familiar with this daily routine: in the Morning you drive sitting in the office, then eight hours or more at the Desk then sitting home, and then sitting down on the Sofa. English Researchers have now found in a large study that long periods of time Sitting more than six hours of the day, the risk for a whole range of diseases as well as premature death.

Researchers from the Queen’s University in Belfast and the Ulster University brought in a current study, a total of 69,000 deaths in the year 2016, with a long Seating times. The Sit or Lie down for more than six hours per day to increase the research team suggests that the risk for heart disease, type 2 Diabetes and colorectal cancer. The annual cost for the health system, resulting from long periods of time Sitting, are far more than 800 million euros. The research results were recently in the “Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health“ published.

Approximately every third adult is too much

The Team was based on data from previous studies and surveys have already proven several times, the harmful effects of sitting. The researchers estimated that around 30 percent of all adults spend Sitting every day of the week, more than six hours a day with. On the weekends there are even 37 percent.

Prolonged Sitting increases the risk for many diseases

Taking into account other factors such as Smoking status, Overweight and regular Sport, the Team, what is the impact Sitting has on the development of disease calculated. According to the study, nine percent of colorectal cancer cases, eight percent of all cervical cancers, 7.5 percent of the lung cancer cases, 17 percent of type-2 Diabetes-diseases, as well as five percent of all heart shall be the result of diseases that are directly on the long Sit.

Situation not resolved

The study does not prove however, cause-and-effect. For example, the sick and old people tend to sit more. Here are the Seats, but not necessarily the cause of the disease. The exact risks for healthy individuals still need to be further investigated. The researchers consider these results, however, still to be carefully calculated. You assume that the actual Numbers are even greater, because you suspect that not Sit also plays a role in other diseases, which were part of this investigation.

Researchers are calling for clear guidelines for Sitting

The study is the first of this type, which brings long periods of time Sitting directly with the costs for the health system. The research team calls, with the results of the policy interventions in the field of public health, in order to reduce sedentary behavior and to provide the Public with clear guidelines. (vb)