In a new study, scientists found that sedentary behavior, such as prolonged sitting, increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. This is no surprise, given that people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to be smokers and have higher body mass indexes. But did they also find that people who sit for long periods of time have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Researchers aren’t entirely sure, but it’s possible that the extra couch potato behavior may lead to diabetes.
While the study was limited to adults with type 2 diabetes, it did find that people with the disease have lower postprandial glucose levels than those without diabetes. These benefits persist until the next day. However, it is important to note that more research is needed before these results can be applied in everyday life. In the meantime, researchers hope that their findings will be helpful to other adults with type 2 diabetes. If confirmed, the findings could have a significant impact on how patients with type 2 diabetes should exercise.
According to a study by the Diabetes UK’s Head of Research, long periods of sitting are associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. While this was also found in people who were physically active, the results were inconsistent. The study also found that people who sit for long periods were more likely to have elevated blood glucose levels, despite having normal body mass indexes. For those who are not interested in undergoing such research, there are other alternatives.