Sitting Time Raises Risk of Type II Diabetes

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Julianne van der Berg  PhD candidate
Social Medicine
Universiteitssingel Maastricht
The Netherlands 

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: The study investigated in data from The Maastricht Study, a large study in the Netherlands, associations of total duration and patterns of sedentary behavior with type 2 diabetes.
We show that participants with type 2 diabetes spent the most time of day sedentary, 26 min more than participants without diabetes.
Each additional hour of sedentary time was associated with a 22% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Important is that these results were independent of high-intensity physical activity.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: As an extra hour of sedentary time was associated with a 22% increased odds for type 2 diabetes, it may be beneficial for health to reduce the total amount of sedentary time per day. However, future studies in participants with type 2 diabetes should be conducted to confirm our results. Nevertheless, our findings suggest that sedentary behavior may play a significant role in the development and prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Future studies in participants with type 2 diabetes should be conducted to confirm our results. Also dose-response relationships should be examined, as well as and long-term effects of prolonged sitting.​

Citation:

Associations of total amount and patterns of sedentary behaviour with type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome: The Maastricht Study.

Julianne van der Berg PhD candidate (2016). Sitting Time Raises Risk of Type II Diabetes 

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