Sitting down for too long may be causing 70,000 UK deaths a year

26 March 2019 – Guardian

New research has shown that sitting or lying down for long periods during the day is not only bad for your health it could be the cause of almost 70,000 deaths and cost the NHS at least £700m a year.

In the past, scientists have flagged that inactive behaviour increases the risk of a number of diseases as well as a premature death.

Now experts have examined the financial burden of sedentary behaviour in the UK, revealing that sitting or lying down for at least six hours a day is behind £424m of spending on cardiovascular disease, £281m on type 2 diabetes and £30m on colon cancer alone.

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