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Sleeping, Sitting Too Much Cuts Lifespan: Study

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By    |   Wednesday, 09 Dec 2015 04:29 PM

New health research adds scientific weight to the notion that bodies in motion stay in motion, while those at rest stay at rest — permanently.

Scientists from the University of Sydney have found that sleeping more than nine hours a night and sitting too much during the day can cut your life short, particularly when added to a lack of exercise, by raising the risks of developing heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

The findings, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS Medicine, are based on an analysis of the health behaviors of more than 230,000 individuals age 45 and older.

"Evidence has increased in recent years to show that too much sitting is bad for you and there is growing understanding about the impact of sleep on our health but this is the first study to look at how those things might act together," said lead researcher Dr. Melody Ding.

"When you add a lack of exercise into the mix, you get a type of 'triple whammy' effect. Our study shows that we should really be taking these behaviors together as seriously as we do other risk factors such as levels of drinking and unhealthy eating patterns."

Specifically, the researchers found people who sleep too much at night (more than nine hours), sit for at least seven hours each day, and don’t get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly are more than four times as likely to die early as a person without those unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Dr. Ding and her colleagues found these unhealthy habits raise a person’s risk as much as smoking and drinking too much.

"The take-home message from this research — for doctors, health planners and researchers — is that if we want to design public health programs that will reduce the massive burden and cost of lifestyle-related disease we should focus on how these risk factors work together rather than in isolation," said study co-author Adrian Bauman.

"These non-communicable diseases [such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer] now kill more than 38 million people around the world — and cause more deaths than infectious disease. Better understanding what combination of risk behaviors poses the biggest threat will guide us on where to best target scarce resources to address this major — and growing — international problem."

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Bodies in motion stay in motion, while those at rest stay at rest - permanently. That's the latest word from Australian researchers who say sleeping and sitting too much cuts your life short.
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