Todayâ€™s report of seemingly innocuous things that could lead to your early tragic death involves sitting for more than six hours a day, if youâ€™re female.
Are you sitting down for this? Well, youâ€™d better get up. According to a study by the American Cancer Society, sitting for more than six hours a day suppresses hormones that inhibit heart disease. â€œOh,â€ you might say, â€œwell, I happen to exercise and eat right when Iâ€™m not working and sitting idle at a desk.â€ It doesnâ€™t matter. Even amongst regular gym rats, there was a 37% increased risk of death amongst heavy-sitters, and that risk skyrockets to 94% if you donâ€™t exercise ever.
â€œEven if you are active, sitting for long periods of time will impact your health, and youâ€™ll have a shorter life span,â€ said Alpa Patel, the studyâ€™s lead author. â€œWhether a person is sitting at a desk, or sitting on a couch, sitting for long periods of time is harmful.â€
The study, which followed 123,216 people for 14 years, showed much lower risk rates for men. 17% of otherwise active men incurred the sitting related health problems, and 48% of lazy-ass couch potatoes who are male were more â€œprone to death.â€