Researchers found that a couple of hours per day spent standing may lead to significant health benefits especially for people who stay glued on a computer screen for hours during a regular work day.
Doctors found that the spending more time standing was linked to an 11 percent decrease in blood lipid levels, scientifically dubbed triglyceride levels, and 2 percent reduced blood sugar levels, which can lead to type 2 diabetes, if left uncontrolled.
The research team also found health benefits when people stand from time to time and start to walk around at their office. Such behavior was associated with a lower waistline and body mass index. Blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and body fat levels were also visibly reduced in the process.
In the U.S., about 34 percent of population, or more than 78 million people, are qualified as clinically obese. And the most exposed groups by ethnicity are African-Americans with a 47.8 percent obesity rate and Latinos with 42.5 percent, a past official report had shown.
Study authors divided their subjects into two groups. One group was asked to change their sitting with standing and moving for two hours a day, while the other group was the control group.
The research involved nearly 800 adults aged 35 to 80.
“Our message is to Stand Up, Sit Less, Move More,”
one of the study authors said.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Schussler, co-author of a paper on the findings and researcher with the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Texas, explained that even minor changes in sitting behavior can significantly improve the overall health of cardiovascular system. He suggested people should stand from time to time for the sake of their hearts and move around a bit for the sake of their waistline.
Study participants were followed 24/7 over the course of seven days and their blood pressure, weight, and waistline were closely monitored. Nevertheless, the team acknowledged that more research needs to be conducted before they draw final conclusions.
But making people move around or stand more may be difficult since the entire society is hard-wired to favor sitting to moving.
Past studies had also shown that moving around from time to time triggered positive health outcomes. Some researchers had even recommended to make 10,000 steps a day for an optimal cardiovascular health.
Additionally, situation could be improved if workplaces have more stand offices than regular desks, staffers walk around when brainstorming or attend “stand-up” meetings.
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