The next time someone suggests that you “take a seat,” you might want to think about politely declining. That’s a bit extreme, for sure, but where sitting is concerned, you might want to consider ways to cut down on this particular activity that some people are calling “the new smoking.” Spending too much time sitting down is something that more and more health professionals are starting to warn people about. For years we have all known that getting exercise on a regular basis is one thing most people can do to help them stay healthy, but who ever imagined that sitting down could be a health hazard? Consider the following findings and make up your own mind about whether or not it is worth it to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting down.
1. Diabetes Risk
Evidence from recent research shows that sitting for prolonged periods on a regular basis can increase the risk for Type 2 Diabetes. The inactivity that comes with sitting is believed to decrease the ability of the pancreas to function properly, inhibiting its ability to produce insulin and leading to diabetes.