Ageless beauty Lea Salonga reveals her stay-young secrets in the August 2016 issue (the anti-aging special!) of Good Housekeeping Philippines. Available on newsstands and bookstores nationwide.

Grab a copy now!

Good Housekeeping
Jennifer Chan, Contributor
March 06, 2012

Sitting around All Day May Make You More Prone to Type 2 Diabetes

A new study shows women who spend most of the day sitting down are more likely to develop diabetes. By Jennifer Chan

Having a desk job has its pros and cons. For example, you don’t have to do a lot of heavy lifting to earn your monthly wages. But, research shows, it may also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. How so? According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, women who remain sedentary while at work develop poor insulin-resistance and show signs of chronic low-grade inflammation

Researchers studied more than 500 men and women aged 40 and above, concentrating on how often they stayed sedentary in the office over a week. This was backed up by blood tests that measured for chemicals linked to diabetes and metabolic dysfunction. Results revealed that women who spent the most time sitting down at the office had the highest insulin levels and C-Reactive protein

Men, however, don’t seem to have the same problems as women. While there is no clear reason for the discrepancy, researchers believe that it has something to do with how often women tend to eat while sitting down and how men seem to be more physical active when they’re not sedentary. 

While having a desk job means spending most of your time sitting down, it doesn’t mean you can’t break the sedentary lifestyle in small ways. Give yourself short five-minute breaks from sitting down once in a while. While on break, leave the confines of your office and take a short walk outside. Take time to get some exercise in before or after work, even if it's just a few times a week. Who knows? Your colleagues may soon follow in your footsteps!



For more articles on keeping fit, check these out on FN:

 

(Photo by David Boyle via Flickr Creative Commons)

COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Contributor
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
Science Says the Older You Get, the Happier You Become
Are people in their 20s more stressed and depressed?  Aug 31, 2016 
Include Milk in Your Diet to Help You Lose Belly Fat
And three other kinds of food that can aid in weight loss.  Aug 30, 2016 
Stay Close to Family, Not Friends, to Help Prolong Your Life
Better give your mom a call soon!  Aug 30, 2016 
Set Aside One Hour a Day to Give Yourself Time to Think
Keep yourself grounded.  Aug 29, 2016 
To the Woman Who Feels Like She’s Never Good Enough
Here are some things you need to hear.  Aug 29, 2016 
ADVERTISEMENT