Sitting all day and diabetes is showing up

After analyzing data from 72,000 people and following a number of them over the next five years, Danish researchers found that half of participants who developed type 2 diabetes initially reported sitting for at least 6 hours. per day. Comparing those who reported sitting at least 6 hours a day to those who admitted to sitting 6 to 10 hours a day, the researchers observed a 15% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. that the more hours spent sitting, the greater the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The more you sit, the more the risk increases

However, the researchers showed that there was no increase in the risk of diabetes depending on the number of hours spent in a sitting position if people practiced at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity per week. We already knew the influence of obesity and sedentary lifestyle on the number of hours spent in a sitting position, but this study clearly shows that staying active can reduce the risk of sitting-related diabetes. prolonged.

A few ideas to put into practice

Make a habit of:

  • get up regularly from your chair at the office or work partially standing up,
  • phone while walking,
  • organize meetings while standing (more active mode)
  • take advantage of the midday time to walk
  • engage in regular physical activity during the week.


Petersen CB et al Total sitting time and the risk of incident diabetes in Danish adults (the DANHES cohort) over 5 years: a prospective study Br J Sports Med

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