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Sitting Absolved from Diabetes Risk

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New research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has ruled out sitting as a direct cause of diabetes.

“Sitting has attracted a lot of publicity in recent years for being as dangerous as smoking and for being harmful regardless of how physically active people are,” said lead author A/Prof Emmanuel Stamatakis of The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre. “While these findings don’t exonerate sitting, they do suggest that there is far more at play than we previously realised when it comes to sedentary behaviours and the health risks associated with extended sitting.”

Stamatakis and colleagues analysed responses from a long-term health study completed by 4811 middle-aged and older London-based office workers who were initially free of diabetes and major cardiovascular disease. In 1998 the participants were asked to report the amount of time they spent on various sitting behaviours, including at work and commuting, leisure time and watching television. They then examined clinical data based on blood glucose levels from the same cohort until the end of 2011 to determine whether new cases of diabetes occurred over the 13-year follow-up period, adjusting for confounding factors such as physical activity, quality of diet, employment grade, alcohol and smoking habits, general health status and baseline body mass index.

In total, 402 cases...

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