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Friday, August 10, 2012
While many employees at the MGH are on their feet during their entire shift, a large number sit behind a desk for hours on end. Research has shown that sitting for extended periods may not only negatively affect health but also may prematurely shorten lifespan.
MGH neurologist Marie Pasinski, MD, tackled this growing problem in a July 27 Huffington Post article, offering five ways for individuals with desk jobs to incorporate more activity into their workday.
“While regular exercise is still important for good health, prolonged sitting is an independent risk factor for poor health that is often ignored,” Pasinski says in the article. “Your metabolism is continuously attuned to your level of physical activity. Prolonged sitting raises blood glucose, insulin and triglyceride levels, all of which promote inflammation and wreak havoc throughout your body.”
Pasinski said promising studies show people can improve their metabolism by interrupting prolonged bouts of sitting with brief periods of activity, which can lower blood sugar and insulin levels. Here are her five tips to increase activity:
Read more articles from the 8/10/12 Hotline issue.
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