New York Times
by Nicholas Bakalar
For the study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, researchers pooled data from 46 studies involving 1,184 people. Ten of the studies were randomized trials. The average age of participants was 33, and 60 percent were men…“The benefit is modest,” said the lead author, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. “But it shows that the body doesn’t ask you for much.” “Break that ‘doing nothing’ moment a few times a day,” he added. “Just standing up and moving around and then sitting down again is helpful.”
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Los Angeles Times, This is how many pounds you can lose in a year by standing for six hours a day instead of sitting
Context: Standing instead of sitting for six hours a day could help people lose weight over the long term, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. In recent years, sedentary behavior, such as sitting, has been blamed for contributing to the obesity epidemic, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, says Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., senior author and chair of preventive cardiology at Mayo Clinic. Population-based studies report that, in the U.S., adults sit more than seven hours a day. The range across European countries is 3.2 to 6.8 hours of daily sitting time. To find out more about the study, including a video interview with Dr. Lopez-Jimenez, check out Mayo Clinic News Network.
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