Prolonged Sitting Can Cause Early Death, Says Australian Research

SittingAs per an Australian research, which has been published in the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine, it has been revealed that people, who are habituated to sit for prolonged hours at the risk of losing their life in next three years.

The study, which is said to be the largest ongoing study in the Southern Hemisphere, was done after assessing 22,000 people. Lead author Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg, who is a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, said that a lot many studies have been done in the past, which have concluded that insufficient activity can increase risk factors for life.

However, it is the first study, which has directly conveyed a message that sitting down for long hours can increase the risk of death in next three years. Ploeg said that as per their study, they have found that if people sit between eight and 11 hours a day then it increases 15% risk of death.

It has also been found that if a person is found to sit for 11 or more hours a day then he is increasing 40% chances of losing his life in next three years. “That morning walk or trip to the gym is still necessary, but it’s also important to avoid prolonged sitting. Our results suggest the time people spend sitting at home, work and in traffic should be reduced by standing or walking more”, said Ploeg.

Experts said that it is yet another study, which has revealed another negative point about prolonged sitting. Earlier studies have talked about the negative impacts of sedentary lifestyle, like watching television for several hours a day or sitting for too long in office.