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Sedentary women 'more likely to develop diabetes'

March 05, 2012

A study suggests that women should spend less time sitting down to reduce their risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

Women who sit down for most of the day are more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than their more active counterparts, a study has found.

Researchers at the University of Leicester found that women over the age of 40 who spent long periods of time sitting down had a much higher risk of diabetes than those who moved about more.

Even women who did the recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day were at risk of diabetes if they spent the rest of their time seated.

Lead researcher Dr Thomas Yates, whose findings are published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, said that helping women to spend less time sitting down could be "an important factor in preventing chronic disease".

He added: "If these results are replicated, they have implications for lifestyle recommendations, public health policy and health behaviour change interventions."

However, men who spent large periods of time sitting down were not found to face the same increase in diabetes risk.

As well as moving about more, other ways to reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes include managing your weight and eating a healthy, balanced diet that contains plenty of fruit and vegetables and is low in fat, salt and sugar.

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