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Increased Physical Activity Lowers Risk For Chronic Diseases

Those who are physically active are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases (i.e. heart disease, diabetes, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer) than their less active counterparts, according to research conducted at Kansas State University. The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, surveyed data on nearly 200,000 women between the ages of 45 and 106.

The researchers found that breaking up long periods of sitting, by exercising or simply standing, promotes better health and slows the signs of aging.

"Not only do people need to be more physically active by walking or doing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, but they should also be looking at ways to reduce their sitting time," co-author Richard Rosenkranz said.

Co-author Sara Rosenkranz added that sitting for long periods of time shuts off a molecule called lipoprotein lipase - which helps to take in fat or triglycerides and use it for energy.

"We're basically telling our bodies to shut down the processes that help to stimulate metabolism throughout the day and that is not good," she said. "Just by breaking up your sedentary time, we can actually upregulate that process in the body."

by RTT Staff Writer

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