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Lots of sitting is dangerous for older adults: Study

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:01 AM
 
Spending too much time sitting may be particularly dangerous for people over 60, regardless of how much they exercise, according to a US study out on Wednesday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Spending too much time sitting may be particularly dangerous for people over 60, regardless of how much they exercise, according to a US study out on Wednesday.

The odds of being disabled doubled for each additional hour of sedentary time in seniors, said the research in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

For instance, "if there are two 65-year-old women, one sedentary for 12 hours a day and another sedentary for 13 hours a day, the second one is 50 per cent more likely to be disabled," explained a statement from the research team at Northwestern University.

Disability was defined as being limited in basic activities such as eating, dressing, bathing, getting in and out of bed and walking across a room.

 
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