Beware of the chair

Posted on March 4th, 2010 by Kelley Luckstein

The time has come for office chairs to come with a health warning and ''upholstered, height-adjustable weapons of masschairlevine destruction'' might not be too much an exaggeration. Sitting for prolonged periods - and, let's face it, few places compete with the office when it comes to opportunities to park one's behind - is now linked to increased risk of premature death, particularly from cardiovascular disease. It is also associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cancer…

 

"You increase your metabolic rate between 10 and 20 per cent above resting simply by getting up off your bottom - not walking anywhere, but simply standing up,'' says says Dr James Levine, professor of medicine with the Mayo Clinic.

 

Sydney Morning Herald, by Lissa Christopher, 3/3/2010

Tags: Dr. Levine, Endocrinology / Diabetes, health risks, sitting, standing

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