Diabetes Forecast

People With Type 2 Are More Sedentary

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,


People with type 2 diabetes appear to be more sedentary. That’s what researchers found when they placed 24-hour activity monitors on 2,497 adults—including 714 with type 2 diabetes, 388 with prediabetes, and 1,395 with normal glucose levels—for eight days. On average, those with diabetes were sedentary 26 minutes more per day than participants in the other two groups. The researchers also cautioned people without diabetes about sitting for too long: For each hour spent not moving, the odds of having type 2 diabetes rose by 22 percent, even after accounting for factors such as higher body weight and physical limitations. The study’s authors say high-intensity exercise isn’t necessary—simply standing up from your chair every hour may make a difference.
Source: Diabetologia, published online Feb. 2, 2016



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