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Sitting and Risks of Chronic Diseases


Excessive sitting is hazardous to your health. Cancer, diabetes and heart disease are some of the health risks people sitting down for long periods of time may suffer despite exercising regularly.  This new finding was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, and found that sedentary behavior adds 15 to 20 percent higher risk of these diseases.

Exercising for half hour a day does not necessarily eliminate the risks of diseases if they rest of the waking hours are spent sitting down.  Prolonged sitting hours, (8 to 12 hours), increases the risk of health problems, particularly the development of Type 2 Diabetes, by 90 percent.

Researchers are encouraging people to be on the move.  It is important to stand up and walk around for a few minutes while watching TV or doing computer work since standing up burns twice as many calories as sitting down while also strengthening muscles and bones.  It is also recommended that people take a short walk every half hour. Ideally, people should reduce sitting time to less than 5 hours a day.

Exercising regularly is important, but moving throughout the day is a major component of being healthy overall.

Be good to each other,

Julian Omidi

Julian Omidi, along with his brother, Michael Omidi, and mother, Cindy Omid, is an advocate for the health and well-being of others. Michael is also a co-founder of several nonprofit organizations, including Children’s Obesity Fund and No More Poverty

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