It’s not great news for office workers. A new study suggests high levels of inactivity have been linked to increased risk of death from cancer.
Sitting all day might significantly increase your risk of dying from cancer, a new study has suggested.
The research, conducted at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, seemed to suggest extremely sedentary people are up to 80 per cent more likely to die of cancer than people who stayed sitting the least.
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The data from a multiracial group of more than 30,000 middle-aged to older men and women was examined, beginning in 2002.
Details about their lifestyle, health, medical conditions were gathered, with some participants wearing an activity tracker for a week to log how often they were seated or how intensely they were moving.
The good news is that, according to researcher Dr. Susan Gilchrist, “even a small amount of extra physical activity, no matter how light it might be, can have benefits for cancer survival,” she told the New York Times.
“People do not have to go out and run a marathon… It looks like just getting up and walking around the living room for a few minutes every hour or so could make a meaningful difference.”
It’s important to note the study observed cancer mortality, not the risk of developing the disease and groups all cancer types together, so there are some limitations to this particular study. However, we have known the link between serious health conditions and a sedentary lifestyle for some time now.
Strong studies over the years have shown a link between physical inactivity with depression or anxiety, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, decreased muscle mass, and Diabetes.