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Standing for two hours a day may benefit heart health, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 31 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4160
  1. Anna Sayburn
  1. 1London

Standing rather than sitting for two hours a day may have a positive effect on biochemical risk markers including fasting blood glucose and lipid profile but not on body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, or HbA1c levels, the results of a cross sectional study have shown.1

The study was intended to investigate the potential benefits of swapping sedentary behaviour with standing. The authors said that the benefits of walking were well known but that the effect of standing (for example, at a standing desk) rather than sitting had …

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