Sitting Tied to Risk of Death From 14 Diseases


December 20, 2018

By Steven Reinberg

Get up off of the couch: Sitting too much may kill you even if you exercise regularly.If you sit for six hours a day or more, your risk of dying early jumps 19 percent, compared with people who sit fewer than three hours, an American Cancer Society study suggests.

And, the study authors added, sitting may kill you in 14 ways, including: cancer; heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, kidney diseases, suicide, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); lung diseases, liver diseases; peptic ulcers and other digestive diseases; Parkinson’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease; nervous disorders; and musculoskeletal disorders.

“The simple message is that we should be moving more,” said lead researcher Alpa Patel. She’s strategic director of the cancer society’s prevention study-3.

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