Sitting Too Much May Boost Liver Disease Risk
There are a number of reason why you should cut back on how much of your day you spend sitting. Here's another--it could increase your chances of developing liver disease.
A study from Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in South Korea, published in the _Journal of Hepatology, f_ound that people who sit for 10 hours per day or longer had nine percent increased risk of developing a certain type of liver disease—a condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)—compared to people who sit for five hours per day or less.
Plus, those who were physically active were 20 percent less likely to develop liver disease compared to those who were inactive.
Researchers analyzed 139,000 Korean men and women who reported their activity levels and sitting periods and had the liver condition. The average age of the participants was 39.9 years. The researchers noted that because the participants were relatively healthy and young--their average age was just under 40--it is unlikely that other health factors led to the condition.
Extended periods of sitting are known to increase the risk of insulin resistance and lower cardiovascular function. The researchers noted that even light activity, such as walking breaks, can help reduce the risk of developing NAFLD.
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