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Sitting highly linked to Type 2 Diabetes

A new study revealed that the amount of time spent sitting down presented a higher risk of developing diabetes in women than in men.

The study showed that women who remained seated for the majority of hours in a single day have higher levels of insulin as well as other chemicals that would contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, such as C-reactive protein, leptin, and interleukin 6.

A team of researchers from the University of Leicester Departments of Health Sciences conducted the study among 500 men and women at ages 40 and above. Elevated levels of insulin and other chemicals were discovered among women who were sedentary for long periods of time. However, it was not clear why this link was noted to be stronger in women than in men.

“This study provides important new evidence that higher levels of sitting time have a deleterious impact on insulin resistance and chronic low-grade inflammation in women but not men and that this effect is seen regardless of how much exercise is undertaken,” said Dr. Thomas Yates, who led the study.

Therefore, following the recommended exercise duration of 30-minutes a day may not be enough if you spend most of the day just sitting around. According to Yates, it can be said from the study that spending less time being sedentary can significantly reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.

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