Putting your feet up could be slowing you down

Putting your feet up could be slowing you down

There’s nothing like putting your feet up in that favourite chair however, according to new research we’d better not get too comfortable. Sedentary lifestyles can impact on many facets of health and the Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have realised research illustrating the potential adverse effects of too many hours in front of the television or reading a book. Us woman are particularly at risk with the data citing women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary.

According to their article ‘Nearly 1,500 women, ages 64 to 95, participated in the study. The women are part of the larger Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a national, longitudinal study investigating the determinants of chronic diseases in postmenopausal women. The participants completed questionnaires and wore an accelerometer on their right hip for seven consecutive days during waking and sleeping hours to track their movements’.

Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the University of California San Diego study looked at nearly 1,500 women aged between 64 and 95.

The study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, explain the science behind the research with indications that women who remain seated for in excess of ten hours a day have shorter telomeres (described as tiny caps found on the ends of DNA strands, like the plastic tips of shoelaces, that protect chromosomes from deterioration and progressively shorten with age).

Many of us may be forced to live more sedentary lifestyles through mobility and injury issues. The research will now go on to look at the impact in men.

American Journal of Epidemiology


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