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Prolonged sitting increases risk of serious illness and death regardless of exercise, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h306 (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h306
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Prolonged sitting is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, regardless of physical activity levels, a systematic review has shown. It recommended that people who think that they exercise enough should be made more aware of the dangers of sitting for long periods.

Current Canadian guidelines recommend that adults take 150 minutes of physical exercise a week in bouts of at least 10 minutes to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. But …

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