In a research study recently printed up in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, scientists stated they had discovered individuals who spend numerous hours during the day sitting have almost a 70 percent higher chance of developing certain kinds of cancer than those who used more time standing up or walking around.
The researchers examined evidence from over 40 earlier studies where volunteers were questioned about their daily activities. The scientists found that links between sitting and cancer were found to be strong no matter what the amount of other physical activity.
Inactive behavior was associated with an almost 25 percent greater risk of developing colon cancer, a just over 30 percent higher chance of developing endometrial cancer and a 20 percent increased risk of developing lung cancer. It was also discovered that viewing television was connected to nearly a 55 percent chance of colon cancer and just over a 65 percent risk of developing endometrial cancer.
The scientists found that for every extra two hours in which participants spent sitting through the day, their chance of developing either endometrial or colon cancer went up by nearly 10 percent. However there did not seem to be any connections found between sedentary behavior and other forms of cancer, such as prostate, ovarian, breast, rectal, esophageal, testicular or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Dr. Graham Colditz, who works at Washington University and also penned an editorial which was included with the research report, wrote about the differences of being physically active and sedentary. He explained that people were not discussing about sitting the same way as physical movement. Guidelines say to limit time spent sitting down without explaining how long or just exactly the kinds of sitting they mean. This did not help anyone.
Dr. Colditz added that some of the problem created by sitting, especially the higher rates of endometrial cancer, could be through the gain of weight. Obesity can encourage cancer-causing developments in the body such as inflammation and can also heighten specific hormones that are connected to the formation of tumors.
The trouble is many office workers are likely to sit at a desk, which makes it challenging to lessen time spent sitting. However Dr. Colditz stated there were ways to be more active, both at the office and at home. People could attempt to take short breaks every few hours. During these times, take fast walks around the office halls. At lunch, try to step outside and eat away from their desks.
It is a well-known fact that prolonged sedentary time has been connected to other chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, but now the link to cancer has come out as being strong, and performing these exercises at work or at home could really help. People evolved over thousands of years and were doing a large amount of activity in their day-to-day lives. In modern society such activity has basically all but disappeared and that was in the relatively short time span of under 200 years. That, along with ingesting refined carbohydrates and other modern processed foods, adds to the adversarial effects of not exerting much effort in activity through the day.
This endorsement is not limited to individuals who have a higher-than-normal cancer risk but also applies to the entire population in general, who could benefit from being more physically active and sitting less each day.
In the research study recently printed up in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, scientists stated they had discovered individuals who spent numerous hours during the day sitting have almost a 70 percent higher chance of developing certain kinds of cancer than those who used more time standing up or walking around.
By Kimberly Ruble