Sitting May Contribute to Building Fat around Organs

A new study from the United Kingdom finds that sedentary lifestyle may significantly contribute to building fat around internal organs.building fat

The study included MRI scanning of 124 patients who were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers also measured how much time these people spent sitting with the help of accelerometers.

Having analyzed the received results, the scientists found that the more time people spent sitting during the day, the more visceral and abdominal fat they had.

Lead study author Dr. Joe Henson, a research associate at the University of Leicester, says: “Using MRI techniques and physical activity monitors we have shown that the more time spent sedentary, the stronger the association with higher level of internal and abdominal fat. This was particularly so if the long periods of sedentary behavior were uninterrupted.”

Sitting All the Day Still Can Lead to Premature Death, Despite Exercising

According to a new study from the USA, people sitting for long periods of time every day are at higher risk of premature death, even if they exercise.sitting in the office

For the study, researchers examined data taken from around 8,000 adults aged 45 and older. The participants were asked to wear accelerometers to measure daily activity levels for a week. The researchers found that participants were sedentary for 77% of their waking hours (approximately 12 hours a day).

Dr. David Alter, head of cardiovascular and metabolic research for the University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Canada and the author of an accompanying editorial, says: “The lack of activity in our muscles affects our ability to metabolize our sugars efficiently. Over time, our body accumulates excess fat, which can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and death.”