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People who sat an hour longer than others tested had 22% higher odds for type 2 diabetes

An extra hour of sedentary time was associated with 39% increased odds for metabolic syndrome

CNN  — 

We already knew that sitting, one of most people’s favorite activities, may be killing you, but now we have new proof that before it gets you, you may get type 2 diabetes, too.

Modern life was constructed to keep you sitting down. When we drive, we sit. When we work at the office, we sit. When we watch TV, well, you get the picture.

Last year we learned from a scientific review of 47 studies that this sedentary behavior increases your chances of getting a disease or condition that will kill you even if you exercise. Now a new study from the Netherlands running in the journal Diabetologia suggests that even an extra 40 minutes of couch potato behavior will dramatically increase your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

The authors came to this conclusion after strapping motion monitors to participants’ thighs for eight days and testing the glucose levels in their blood. Of the 2,497 participants, the majority sat for at least nine hours a day. An extra hour of sedentary time was associated with 22% increased odds for type 2 diabetes and 39% increased odds for metabolic syndrome, suggesting that “sedentary behavior may play a significant role in the development and prevention of type 2 diabetes.”

Put another way, that means if you sit at your office all