Sitting Increases Risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease

A sedentary lifestyle is associated with a worsening of several cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors, including higher waist circumference, lower HDL cholesterol, higher C-reactive protein, higher fasting triglycerides, insulin, and measures of insulin resistance.

Periodically standing up and moving about for as little as a minute was associated with beneficial changes in waist circumference and C-reactive protein.

Source: Healy G, et al “Sedentary time and cardio-metabolic biomarkers in U.S. adults: NHANES 2003-06” Eur Heart J 2011; DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehq451.