Study links sitting time to chronic disease among men

February 25, 2013

Sydney – Men who spend four or more hours a day sitting may be at higher risk for diabetes and other chronic conditions, according to a new study from the University of Western Sydney.

Using data from a longitudinal cohort study of Australians, researchers examined sitting time, physical activity levels and chronic disease among 63,048 males 45-64 years old. Men who spent four or more hours sitting were “significantly” more likely to have a chronic disease than men who sat for shorter periods, the study abstract states. Also, diabetes was more common among men who reported more than six hours a day of sedentary time.

Researchers noted the findings were independent of physical activity, so being active may not counteract the health effects of too much sitting. However, they said more research on the subject is needed.

The study was published online Feb. 8 in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.