Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Health Risks of a Sedentary Lifestyle

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The term “sedo” is used to refer to people who are sedentary. Sedentary lifestyle is a pattern of inactive living and this type of living usually involves staying indoors all day long. In many places of the world, the elderly and children are more likely to be sedentary. The mean daily time of sedentary activity is 8.3 hours in the Korean population and 8.4 hours in the American population.

Sedentary lifestyles are now spreading globally due to a shortage of open spaces for physical activity, increased occupational sedentary time, and the increased prevalence of video and computer users. There have been studies which show that prolonged sedentary time is associated with unhealthy outcomes, such as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, heart attack and stroke, high blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and obesity. These diseases can lead to serious health problems, which may also lead to death. This has led to the search for methods of living a healthy lifestyle that would promote proper insulin sensitivity, good cardiac function, and low total body fat.

Studies have shown that the major contributors to higher all-cause mortality are unhealthy lifestyle factors such as lack of physical activity, poor diet, and smoking. In addition, there are strong genetic links between unhealthy lifestyle factors and increased cancer risk. Studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle increases the all-cause mortality for men and women both. Men with sedentary lifestyles have a three times greater risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

On the other hand, studies have shown that a prolonged sedentary lifestyle is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, weight gain, and various types of cancer. These health outcomes can be very serious, especially in the elderly, and those who smoke. On the other hand, people who lead a physically active lifestyle are at least twice as likely to develop diabetes and gallstone disease, even after controlling for other factors. Researchers believe that the combination of poor diet, insufficient physical activity, and smoking results in a combination that makes people more prone to cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Studies have also shown that people who engage in an inactive lifestyle are at higher risk of developing psychological disorders and depression, as well as insomnia and occupational related illnesses. Studies have also indicated that people who suffer from chronic pain, have poor sleep quality, experience trouble concentrating, experience frustration and stress, and do not feel satisfied with their lives are more likely to develop chronic health risks. People who are sedentary are more likely to experience high blood pressure and have a shorter lifespan. The combined effect of a poor diet, lack of physical activity, and smoking on the development of these illnesses significantly increases the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

The benefits of adopting a more active lifestyle can be seen almost immediately. Studies have shown that people who are active are more likely to take part in all-cause and mortality risk factors less and die from all-cause mortality diseases at a much lower rate than those who are sedentary. Sedentary behavior must be changed if we are going to keep ourselves healthy.

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