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How Physical Inactivity Increases Risk for Chronic Diseases

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  • Inactivity, marked by prolonged sitting, actively promotes dozens of chronic diseases. These risks apply even if you’re very fit, as sitting is an independent risk factor for poor health and early death
  • An interactive body map published by The Conversation allows you to select a body part and/or disease to see the scientific support linking any given health problem and inactivity
  • Inactivity raises your risk of general ill health by 114 percent, Alzheimer’s disease by 82 percent, and uterine and colon cancer by 66 and 30 percent respectively. Overall, chronic sitting has a mortality rate similar to smoking

By Dr. Mercola

Evidence shows that inactivity or lack of movement that is best exemplified by prolonged sitting, actively promotes dozens of chronic diseases, and these risks apply even if you're very fit. In fact, sitting for too long, too often, is an independent risk factor for ill health and reduced longevity.


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