Sedentary Lifestyle Increases Diabetic Risk

A new study provides further evidence higher levels of physical activity are associated with a reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes. The research shows a inactive daily life is related with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Harvard researchers analyzed data on nearly 38,000 men. The men, between the ages of 40 and 75 years, were free of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. They completed physical activity questionnaires and reported the amount of time they watched television each week. During the 10-year follow up period, more than 1,000 cases of type 2 diabetes were diagnosed. Researchers found the amount of time the men spent watching television was associated with their risk of diabetes. They report that compared to men who watch 0 to 1 hours of television per week, men who watch television 2 to 10 hours per week had a 66 percent increased risk for diabetes. Men who watched 21 to 40 hours per week had more than twice the risk and men who watched more than 40 hours a week had three times the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Researchers believe that this risk could be associated with the fact that increased television viewing is directly related to obesity and with weight gain because of less physical activity. Researchers also found men who watched more television consumed a less healthy diet. These men ate more red meat, snacks and sweets and fewer vegetables and fruits. Researchers conclude reducing sedentary behaviors and increasing physical activity are important factors in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

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