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Sitting for Prolonged Periods Could Lead You Closer to Death, Study Finds

Washington: Medical experts have concluded in a study that sitting for extended periods could bring you closer to death.

According to reports, experts suggest that spending most of the day sitting or sitting for prolonged periods increases the risk of premature death.

In a new study conducted in the United States, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, revealed that if a person sits for 11.7 hours or more during daylight hours or spends time sitting for any reason, their risk of death increases by 30 percent.

Medical experts conducted research on 6,489 women aged 63 to 99 years over a period of 7 days, observing their sitting time or engaging in other physical activities. Tracking devices were used to gather data for this task. Women included in the study were assessed for up to 8 years.

After completing the research, experts revealed that individuals who spend excessive time sitting expend very little physical energy, resulting in negative effects on muscles, blood flow, and glucose metabolism. Slow blood circulation and decreased glucose levels lead to muscle discomfort.

According to the study, simply exercising is not enough to completely avoid the negative effects of prolonged sitting. Experts stated that if you walk briskly for an hour daily but then spend the entire day sitting, it still has adverse effects on health.

After deriving the results of the study, it is advised to avoid sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time and try to stand up every 20 minutes.

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