If you have a desk job that has you sitting in front of a computer for seven or more hours a day, you could be putting your health at risk. And we’re not talking about carpal tunnel syndrome.
A study at the University of Leicester found that women who spent more time sitting down during the week were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than their more active counterparts, according to the Daily Mail.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, looked at 505 men and women aged 59 and up and found that women who sat for the longest amount of time each day had higher levels of blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin. This is a sign that the body is becoming resistant to the hormone and is at risk of developing diabetes.
Women who were more sedentary also had higher levels of C-reactive protein, leptin, adinopectin and interleukin-6, chemicals released from the abdomen’s fatty tissue, which are the result of inflammation.
However, even men who sat for long periods of time did not seem to have an increased risk of diabetes. Researchers speculate that may be because their activity is more intense when they do work out, or perhaps they don’t snack as much at their desks as women do.