Too Much Sitting Linked to Disability in Adults 60 or Older

February 26, 2014 by
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Most of us are aware that being too sedentary isn’t healthy. Not long ago, it was dubbed “the sitting disease,” due to research that long periods of time sitting is associated with the onset of diseases such as diabetes, some cancers and heart disease. Older adults are especially encouraged to offset sitting with regular activity and exercise. Now a study just released byNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has found that despite exercising, adults 60 years of age and older who frequently sit are at high risk for major disability.

For the purpose of the study, “disability” was defined by having limitations on accomplishing activities of daily living like dressing and bathing, getting out of bed, and walking across a room. The research shows for the first time that a sedentary lifestyle carries its own risk for disability, not combined with lack of exercise.

The study was published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health and used a …  continue reading here:


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