Standing up during day can battle diabetes - University of Leicester researchers
Standing up for just five minutes every hour could be a better prevention for diabetes than working out for two hours a week, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Leicester believe people at high risk of developing type two diabetes would benefit from being sitting less and moving around more often – rather than just exercising regularly.
Joseph Henson, a PhD student at the university, studied 878 patients at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, at the General Hospital.
He said: "We looked at the amount of time people spent sitting and if it had a detrimental effect on their health. We found those who do spend a lot of time sitting are more at risk from developing type two diabetes.
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"We think it is due to an enzyme which is responsible for mopping up fats in the blood which changes when people sit.
"More work needs to be done, but if people reduced the time they sit by 90 minutes a day – such as getting up and walking for five minutes each hour – it might help reduce the risk of developing type two diabetes."