Un número creciente de estudios sugiere sentado la mayor parte del día puede ser letal. De acuerdo con un informe publicado en la revista Annals of Internal Medicine, más de la mitad de las horas de vigilia de la persona promedio se gastan sentados. Desde que trabaja en una computadora para los desplazamientos, pasar demasiado tiempo sentado podría estar enviando nosotros a una temprana tumba, incluso aquellos que hacen ejercicio regularmente hasta una hora al día.
Así que lo que sucede exactamente mal en nuestro cuerpo cuando nos sentamos demasiado? Según los expertos, muchas cosas de la cabeza a los pies. El creciente cuerpo de investigación ha encontrado que las personas que se sientan demasiado tienen un mayor riesgo de diabetes, enfermedad del corazón, el cáncer y la esperanza de vida más cortos. Sentado en exceso también se ha relacionado con una serie de otros problemas de salud, incluyendo la obesidad y el síndrome metabólico.
Unfortunately, there are dangerous health complications from sitting too much despite the amount of physical activity you engage in. That’s not to say that regular exercise doesn’t matter. Physical activity leads to improved cardiovascular outcomes and improves our overall energy and endurance. It also strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis. However, even in those who are active, the lethal risks that are linked to sitting too much are important and shouldn’t be ignored.
Sitting too much has a negative impact on nearly every part of your body, including your heart and pancreas. When you are sitting, blood flows slower and muscles burn less fat, making it easier for fatty acids to clog your heart. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that women who sit for ten or more hours a day may have a significantly greater risk of developing heart disease than those who sit for five hours or less. Research has also shown that sitting for more than eight hours a day may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by 90%. This is because even just one day of excess sitting affects your body’s ability to respond to insulin, which leads your pancreas to produce increased amounts of insulin.
Excess sitting may increase your risk of cancer. Findings presented at the 2015 Inaugural Active Working Summit found that sitting too much increases lung cancer by 54 percent, uterine cancer by 66 percent, and colon cancer by 30 percent. Sitting too much has also been believed to raise the risk of colon, pecho, and endometrial cancer.
How often do you spend sitting on an average day? Consider hours at a desk, time commuting, and all of those late night television marathons. A study classified low levels of sitting time as under three hours a day, moderate levels of sitting time as three to eight hours, and high levels of sitting as more than eight hours of sitting each day. Although it is hard to say exactly how much sitting is healthy, one study found that reducing the average time you spend sitting down to less than three hours a day could increase your life expectancy by two years.
The bottom line is that most people do not spend enough time upright and it has negative implications for our health. Humans are upright for a reason. Our heart and cardiovascular system have been adapted to the upright position. The simple and easiest way to reduce the risks linked to sitting too much is to sit less often. Just standing up and walking around for even two minutes every hour can help offset the life-shortening effects of sitting all day, according to a new study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
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