UF researcher finds connection between sitting and diabetes

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Sitting in front of a work computer during the daily 9-5. Sitting to chat with a friend. Sitting to eat dinner. According to a new University of Florida study, the amount of time some people spend sitting could affect whether they develop Type 2 diabetes later in life.

Women who sat more than 16 hours during their waking day had the highest risk of developing diabetes. The researchers also found that the high risk of diabetes remained even if they otherwise exercised five days a week, 30 minutes per day.

“This would give you some evidence that your sitting is a risk factor for what’s going to happen in the future, similar to the way your cholesterol today will predict if you will get a heart attack tomorrow,” said Todd Manini, Ph.D., who led the study. Manini is an assistant professor in the UF College of Medicine Department of Aging and Geriatric Research and a member of the UF Institute on Aging.

Manini and colleagues also found that obese women were much more likely to develop diabetes than overweight and normal-weight women who sat for the same amount of time.

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