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Kidney disease linked to prolonged sitting

2nd October 2012

Researchers have found that periods of prolonged sitting could have an adverse effect on health.

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Previous studies have linked sitting with an increased risk of heart problems, diabetes and cancer.

The most recent study, carried out by a team at the University of Leicester, found a link between sitting for long periods and an increased danger of kidney disease.

The team said women who sat down for less than three hours a day had nearly a third less risk (30%) of developing kidney disease compared to those who sat for long periods.

Men who spent a long time sitting also had an increased risk, but it was not as pronounced as for women.

The study looked at data from 6,000 people who recorded how long they spent sitting and how much activity they took.

Men who took regular exercise - such as going for a walk for at least half an hour every day - had a decreased risk of the disease, but this did not apply for women.

Researcher Dr Thomas Yates, senior lecturer in physical activity, sedentary behavior, and health at the University, said: "It may be more important for women to avoid sitting for long periods in the first place."

Dr Marc Hamilton, a specialist on the subject, told WebMD: "The experimental studies conducted by us and others are consistent in finding that sitting too much is unhealthy, even in people who are not overweight and those who exercise regularly."

 

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