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Sedentary women are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes

Published on 05/03/2012

Experts have revealed that women who stay seated for long periods of time every day are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Leicester Departments of Health Sciences and Cardiovascular Sciences assessed over 500 men and women over the age of 40 or more about the amount of time spent sitting over the course of a week.

They also carried out tests on levels of specific chemicals in their bloodstream that are linked to diabetes and metabolic dysfunction.

Their results, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, reveal that women who are sedentary for most of the day are at greater risk of exhibiting the early metabolic defects that act as a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes.

Women who spent the longest time sitting had higher levels of insulin, as well as higher amounts of C-reactive protein and chemicals released by fatty tissue in the abdomen, which indicate problematic inflammation.

The link between sitting time and diabetes risk was much stronger in women than in men, but the researchers could not pinpoint exactly why.

Thomas Yates, the study leader, said: “This suggests that women who meet the national recommendations of 30 minutes of exercise a day may still be compromising their health if they are seated for the rest of the day.

"It therefore suggests that enabling women to spend less time sitting may be an important factor in preventing chronic disease.

Around 10 per cent of NHS spending goes on diabetes and its complications, equating to around £9 billion per year. With the NHS having to make over £20bn in savings by 2015, the cuts are already being felt by patients without private medical insurance.

At the moment, cancer drugs are being deliberately withheld from the NHS and a postcode lottery is limiting the availability of diabetes health checks. Compare health insurance quotes online to make sure you are protected from the NHS cuts.

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