Sitting is the New Smoking

Why is sitting the new smoking?

One of the major health risks we and our patients do every day is sitting. We sit when we drive, work, eat, use the computer, watch TV and read.

So why is sitting the new smoking?

Here’s why:
Keeping your butt in a chair (or on the couch) for hours at a time can lead to cancer, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death.

Some of the evidence for sitting and an increased rates of cancer comes from a study from The American Cancer Society that found that women who sat six hours a day were 37% more likely to die by the end of the 13-year study period; men who sat were 18% more likely to die. Another study tied 49,000 U.S. cases of breast cancer and 43,000 of colon cancer to prolonged sitting.

Michael C. Geraci Jr.

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