bannerHON
img
HONnews
HONnews
img PATIENT / PARTICULIER img PROFESSIONNEL DE SANTE img WEBMESTRE img
img
 
img
HONcode sites
Khresmoi - new !
HONselect
News
Conferences
Images

Themes:
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q
R S T U V W X Y Z
Browse archive:
2017: O S A J J M A M F J
2016: D N O

 
  Other news for:
Tendon Injuries
Exercise
 Resources from HONselect
Sitting Could Be Big Health Risk for Frail Folks
Being sedentary not linked to early death in people who are generally healthy, study finds

By Randy Dotinga

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After years of being told that sitting too much is deadly, a new study now suggests that being sedentary for long periods of time may not be an equal-opportunity health risk.

For inactive middle-aged and older people with multiple health problems, being sedentary does appear to be linked to an increased risk of early death. But sitting a lot doesn't seem to affect active people the same way, the researchers said.

"We found that in people who scored low on the frailty index, sitting time was not linked to risk of death," said one of the study's authors, Olga Theou.

Still, she said, "Physicians should stress the harms of inactivity with patients, similar to the harms of smoking, to encourage movement." Theou is an assistant professor with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"Even something as simple as getting up and walking around the house with a walker or cane can benefit frailer people," she suggested.

The study included data from more than 3,100 adults who participated in a U.S. health survey. All of the participants were aged 50 and over, and were followed from the mid-2000s until 2011.

The study participants' movements were monitored with the help of activity trackers. The researchers also used a questionnaire to figure out how frail the participants were based on the number of medical problems they had.

The report was published in the Aug. 21 issue of the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

"Prolonged sitting was associated with a higher risk of death only in vulnerable or frail people who did not meet the weekly recommendation for 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity," Theou explained in a journal news release.

And while the study found an association between inactivity and increased risk of early death in frail people, it couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about physical activity.

SOURCE: CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), news release, Aug. 21, 2017

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved. URL:http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=725607

Resources from HONselect: HONselect is the HON's medical search engine. It retrieves scientific articles, images, conferences and web sites on the selected subject.
Risk
Death
Association
Motor Activity
Research Personnel
Wounds and Injuries
Smoking
Adult
The list of medical terms above are retrieved automatically from the article.

Disclaimer: The text presented on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice. It is for your information only and may not represent your true individual medical situation. Do not hesitate to consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified healthcare professional.
Be advised that HealthDay articles are derived from various sources and may not reflect your own country regulations. The Health On the Net Foundation does not endorse opinions, products, or services that may appear in HealthDay articles.


Home img About us img MediaCorner img HON newsletter img Site map img Ethical policies img Contact