Spells sitting at desks linked to heart disease risk

Long spells spent sitting behind a desk are linked to an increased risks of illnesses like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Research indicates those who sit for long periods at work are exposed to higher health risks even if age, smoking and exercise are factored out.

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Spells sitting down 'linked to higher health risks'

Extended periods sitting behind a desk are linked to an increased risk of illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The seminar in Cardiff will debate how best to tackle sedentary behaviour at work. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Even with factors such as age, smoking and amount of exercise taken out, higher health risks still exist for those who sit for long spells at work, according to research.

Around half of the UK working population have sedentary occupations - most notably office-based jobs, where more than 75% of the working day is spent sitting.

Today, health specialists from across Wales will gather in Cardiff on a seminar relating to the risks of sedentary behaviour at work and discuss ways in which to reduce it.

Sitting at work is the main source of sedentary behaviour for many working age adults...We'll also be encouraging delegates to take regular breaks in their sitting time throughout the seminar, in order to ensure we are all practising what we preach.

– Dr Jemma Hawkins, Specialist in public health research, Cardiff University

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