Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 29: The attention-grabbing statement “Sitting is worse than Smoking” not only shocks, but also raises concerns about the serious health implications linked to excessive sitting. Let us delve into the supported concerns regarding this lifestyle habit.

  1. Cardiovascular Health

Research indicates extended periods of sitting can disrupt body’s insulin regulation, contributing to the accumulation of fats in arteries increasing the likelihood of heart disease and elevated risks of cardiovascular related fatalities.

  1. DIABETES VULNERABILITY

Numerous medical studies provide evidence supporting the connection between excessive sitting and poor diabetes control. Prolonged sitting can causereduced insulin sensitivity and increases fluctuations in blood sugar levels thus increasing the susceptibility to uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes.

  1. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT AND METABOLIC HEALTH

Prolonged sitting leads to decreased calorie expenditure potentially resulting in weight gain. This additional weight may exacerbate metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that damage different vital organs.

  1. CANCER RISKS

While the connection, between sitting and cancer isn’t entirely clear, research indicates that excessive sitting can heighten the chances of developing types of cancer such as lung, colon cancer. This relationship might be influenced by how your body metabolizes sugar and fat.

  1. Spinal Health And Muscle Condition

Individuals who sit for prolonged periods often experience back discomfort and muscle deterioration. Inactivity leads to muscle stiffness and pain in the back and hip areas since the muscles remain inactive when you’re sedentary.

  1. Emotional Well Being

Neglecting physical exercise can have an impact on mood. Engaging in activity triggers the release of endorphins which are hormones that promote positive feelings and help alleviate feelings of sadness and anxiety. Therefore it’s not surprising that increased sitting time may result in mood swings.

  1. Longevity

Prolonged sitting could potentially reduce lifespan based on scientific research findings.

  1. Blood Circulation And Vein Health

Extended periods of sitting can slow down blood flow in the body leading to complications, like blood clots and other circulation related issues.

Research indicates that taking breaks to stand up and move around periodically can help maintain blood circulation.

Tips To Reduce The Dangers

Health professionals recommend strategies to combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting. Try standing or walking every hour if possible consider using a standing desk and aim for least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, per week.

In Conclusion

While comparing sitting to smoking may be a bit exaggerated it is evident that a sedentary lifestyle can result in health issues and potentially shorten ones lifespan. To mitigate these risks it is important to incorporate movement into our routines. This can involve actions, like taking breaks to stand up or creating a more active workspace. The goal is to ensure that our lifestyles include activity to promote good health and overall wellbeing.

  1. THOMAS KOSHY,

 MBBS, MD (GENERAL MEDICINE), MHA, FCCP, FACP(USA), FRCP(Glasgow)

FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS

FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, GLASGOW

Is a Consultant in General Medicine, Cardiology & Diabetology since past 33 years

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