Get Moving: Sitting Less Cuts Type 2 Risk
Research news from the American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions
June 8–12, 2012 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Long hours spent sitting, whether at work or in front of the TV, are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and premature death. But starting an exercise routine cuts down on sitting, a large study found. People at high risk for diabetes who did 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week ended up watching about half an hour less TV a day. So the benefits of exercise may be twofold, both boosting movement and blasting couch-potato time.
Safety Note: Check with your health care provider before making big changes in your exercise plan, which could require adjustments in your meds, foods, or other treatment.