Oh, Great – Now Just SITTING is Tied to Cancer
From the Los Angeles Times.
… researchers estimated that up to 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer each year are tied to lack of physical activity.
“Sitting time is emerging as a strong candidate for being a cancer risk factor in its own right,” Neville Owen, the head of behavioral epidemiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Australia, said in a statement. “It seems highly likely that the longer you sit, the higher your risk. …”
And those of us who might be feeling a little smug at this point because we work out semi-regularly can forget it because we are not exempt.
“… The phenomenon isn’t dependent on body weight or how much exercise people do.” …
Even someone who starts her day off with a vigorous 30-minute workout still has to worry about how she spends the other 15 1/2 hours of her waking hours, said Alice Bender, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Fortunately, ameliorating this newly discovered factor is relatively easy, if not 100% conducive to business.
What can you do? Just getting up for a minute or two each hour would offer some protection, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Instead of sending an email, walk over to a colleague’s desk and chat in person, the experts suggest. Or head to the water cooler for a drink.