For each extra sedentary hour per day, researchers found a 50 percent increased risk
WebMD News from HealthDay
By Kathleen Doheny
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Too much sitting has been linked to increased risk for health problems such as heart failure and earlier death. Now, a new study finds older adults who sit too much are more likely to be disabled — regardless of their exercise habits.
“Sedentary behavior is its own separate risk factor [for disability],” said study researcher Dorothy Dunlop, a professor of medicine at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She evaluated the exercise habits of more than 2,000 men and women, aged 60 and above, and their ability to perform normal everyday activities.