Sedentary Lifestyle Is Worse Than Smoking, Diabetes, And More Severe Diseases, Says Latest Study

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This is really bad news for sedentary people. A new study proved that not exercising can be worse for our health even than smoking, diabetes, and heart disease. The study was published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Researchers suggest that people should start taking into consideration that being unfit is a strong risk factor for our health similar to the ones posed by smoking, diabetes, and hypertension and it may even be stronger than all of them.

This should be treated as a disease but which can easily be cured with the help of exercise.

122.007 participants who underwent treadmill testing were studied retrospectively in order to measure all-cause mortality that’s related to benefits of fitness and exercise.

The people with the lowest exercise rates accounted for 12% of the subjects.

It’s interesting to find out that more than $200 billion is spent on a yearly basis within the USA on CVD and diabetes.

Rather than paying such massive amounts for diseases treatments, patients should be heavily advised to be active and exercise on a daily basis, according to Dr. Jordan Metzl who also added that a big revelation from research is that fitness leads to longer and healthier lives.

Risk factors of a sedentary lifestyle are massive

Risk factors of a sedentary lifestyle are even surpassing the strong risk factors such as those for smoking, diabetes and even some end-stage diseases.

Study participants who did not perform too good on treadmill testing were found to have had almost double the risk of people with dialysis and kidney failure.

“Compared to those in the top percentile those with sedentary lifestyles were associated with 500% increased risk for death. Comparing the risk of being sedentary vs. highest performing the risk is three times higher than smoking. Comparing one who doesn’t exercise regularly with top performers the risk was 390% higher,” World Health writes.

Basically, the human body needs to get up, move, walk and run.

Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.


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