Lack of exercise shown to cause conditions such as diabetes

Thu, 04 Aug 2011
Scientists in the United States have found that not taking part in much physical activity could be the primary cause of chronic conditions, including diabetes, obesity and fatty liver disease, and also that taking regular exercise may not actually help people who are sedentary.

In a review of recent studies, the researchers from the University of Missouri showed that even those people who did manage to take time out to ensure they got regular exercise but are otherwise sedentary, could still not be sufficiently active to prevent these diseases from occurring.

In addition, it was shown that negative physiological changes that are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes occur in people who move from taking a lot of physical activity, over 10,000 steps each day, to less activity of fewer than 5,000 steps per day.

John Thyfault, assistant professor at the university, pointed out "If people spend the majority of their time sitting, even with regular periods of exercise, they are still at greater risk for chronic diseases."

He added "If people can add some regular movement into their routines throughout the day, they will feel better and be less susceptible to health problems . In the long term, they may not see big changes in the mirror, but they will prevent further weight gain."
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