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Sitting 'increase heart disease risks'

Sitting 'increase heart disease risks'
15th October 2012

A new piece of research has revealed the negative impact sitting down for extended periods of time can have on a person's health.

The study, led by the University of Leicester in association with colleagues at Loughborough University, discovered sitting down for too long can increase an individual's chances of developing heart disease or diabetes in the future.

Dr Emma Wilmot, a clinical research fellow in diabetes and endocrinology based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, Leicester General Hospital, stated the average adult spends around 50 to 70 per cent of their day sat down.

"The findings of this study have far reaching implications. By simply limiting the time that we spend sitting, we may be able to reduce our risk of diabetes, heart disease and death," she said.

Recent research published by the American Society of Haematology found that people who have undergone stem cell transplants may be at a greater risk of developing heart disease.

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