Those who were the least active faced a 147% higher risk of stroke and heart attack; a 112% higher risk of type 2 diabetes; a 90% greater chance of dying due to a heart problem; and a 50% higher likelihood of dying prematurely.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a startling health breakthrough out of the U.K. that suggests that sedentary behavior (such as sitting too much and not exercising) could be as bad for the body’s health as smoking.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/the-dessert-that-could-lower-your-blood-pressure), researchers pored through 18 separate studies that looked at the issue, comprising 800,000 participants. They compared the health and rates of disease of people who got the most activity and those who got the least.
As noted in the article “The Dessert That Could Lower Your Blood Pressure,” those who were the least active faced a 147% higher risk of stroke and heart attack; a 112% higher risk of type 2 diabetes; a 90% greater chance of dying due to a heart problem; and a 50% higher likelihood of dying prematurely.
According to the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, the average person spends somewhere around 60% of his or her entire life sitting and about 30% of it sleeping. This is entirely what the study was based on—it is solely about sedentary lives, rather than weight. Researchers say that even with the perfect body, if an individual sits most of the time and ignores fitness, that person is quite simply not healthy. Exercise, which Doctors Health Press preaches about continuously in its publications, including Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is essential for a healthy body, mind, lungs, muscles, joints—it is essential for nearly everything.
To address the situation, the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article suggests individuals start implementing huge exercise regimens. According to the article, one should start by getting up and moving at regular points throughout the day. Ideally, at least 30 minutes of actual exercise a day (a long walk, perhaps) is suggested.
(SOURCE: Wilmot, E. “Sedentary time in adults and the association with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death: systematic review and meta-analysis,” Diabetologia 2012; 55: 2,895–2,905.)
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