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Even if You Exercise, Sitting Eight Hours a Day Significantly Increases Your Risk of Dying From Any Cause

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  • Sitting for more than eight hours a day is associated with a 90 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Those who sit the most have a 147 percent increased relative risk of cardiovascular events compared to those who sit the least; all-cause mortality is increased by 50 percent
  • Sitting also increases lung cancer 54 percent; uterine cancer by 66 percent, and colon cancer by 30 percent

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re like most people, you spend a vast majority of your day sitting down—in your office, commuting to and from work, watching TV in the evening... Research shows that the average American spends nine to 10 hours of their day sitting.


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