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Too Much Sitting Is Killing You (Even If You Exercise)

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People who sit too much every day are at an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and shorter life spans, even if they exercise, a new study finds.

”More than one-half of an average person’s day is spent being sedentary — sitting, watching television or working at a computer,” Dr. David Alter, the study’s senior scientist at the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, said in a statement. ”Our study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for disease.”

Researchers looked at 47 studies examining the relationship between sitting and mortality, according to the findings, published Jan. 20 in thejournal Annals of Internal Medicine. They found that people who sit for long periods were 24 percent more likely to die from health problems during the studies, which lasted between 1 and 16 years, compared with people who sat less. [Don’t Sit Tight: 6 Ways to Make a Deadly Activity Healthier]

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