05 Aug Sedentary Lifestyle Linked To Increased Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Paul Dinneen Loprinzi, PhD
Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management
University of Mississippi
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Previous research demonstrates that adults who have higher daily sedentary behavior tend to have worse cardiometabolic health profiles. The extent to which sedentary behavior is associated with diabetic retinopathy has yet to be evaluated in the literature before our study. Our findings provided some suggestive evidence that more sedentary behavior was associated with a higher odds of having diabetic retinopathy.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Engaging in daily structured exercise (e.g., brisk walking for 30 minutes at a time) as well as lifestyle-based activity (e.g., minimizing prolonged sedentary behavior by standing up and walking for a few minutes every hour) may have important implications for health.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: Future prospective experimental studies are needed to confirm our findings to see if indeed sedentary behavior is causally related to an increased risk of diabetic retinopathy.
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Loprinzi PD. Association of accelerometer-assessed sedentary behavior with diabetic retinopathy in the United States [published online August 4, 2016]. JAMA Opthalmol. 2016; doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.2400
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Last Updated on August 5, 2016 by Marie Benz MD FAAD