Sitting less reduces type 2 diabetes risk
It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but a new study suggests that people could reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they spent less time sitting.
The research from the University of Leicester in the U.K. found that reducing the amount of time spent sedentary – with little or no movement, such as when seated or lying down – can significantly cut down the chances of a person developing diabetes. The scientists determined that there was a direct link between the amount of time people were sedentary and their markers for diabetes across all age groups.
The scientists suggested that reducing sedentary time may even be more effective at reducing diabetes risk than performing the recommended 150 weekly minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Exercising that much every week is certainly beneficial, but the researchers noted that reducing sedentary time by 90 minutes a day could also be effective and be an easier target for high-risk individuals.