Sedentary lifestyle could shorten lifespan

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(KTVI)- Sitting is the new smoking.  A new study shows that American's sedentary lifestyle is shortening our lifespan.

Dr. Alex Vidan from Vidan Family Chiropractic explains.

If Americans would cut their sitting time in half, their life expectancy would increase by roughly:
·         2 years (by reducing sitting to less than 3 hours a day)
·         1.4 years (by reducing TV time to less than 2 hours a day)))

Sedentary lifestyle is associated with increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers (breast and colon).

Each hour spent watching television on a daily basis is associated with an 18% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

They also say an hour a day spent in front of the tube is associated with:
·         An 11% increased risk of death from all causes
·         A 9% increased risk of cancer death

Exercise in itself, though obviously critical to our bodies overall, doesn't seem to counter the damaging effects of all this time spent seated.

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