Older women that sit around for long periods of time everyday could be putting themselves at a greater risk of diabetes.
These are the finding of a new study at the University of Leicester Departments of Health Sciences and Cardiovascular Sciences.
Researchers found that women who are sedentary are more prone to developing early metabolic defects that are a precursor to Type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, a similar link was not found to be present in men.
The discovery was made when researchers assessed over 500 men and women aged 40 and over to discover how specific chemicals affect diabetes and metabolic dysfunction.
It was found that women who spent a long time sitting had higher levels of insulin, as well as C-reactive protein and chemicals released by fatty tissue in the abdomen, leptin and interleukin6.
These chemicals indicate a problematic inflammation that can lead to diabetes.
This is not the first study to suggest that inactivity can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular conditions.
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