We all know for a fact that sitting around, all day long, is not good for our health. In the past, scientists have discovered that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to a myriad of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues. A new study focused on sedentariness reveals that people who choose to sit down most of the day age faster than people who are physically active.
The new study was performed by a team of scientists from the San Diego’s School of Medicine (University of California) led by Aladdin Shadyab. The lead scientist and his colleagues found out that the cells of those who have a sedentary lifestyle are eight years older than their chronological age.
This new study, which was focused mainly on women, is not to be conceived as definitive proof that sedentariness causes our cells to age faster, Shadyab said. Although more research is needed in order to establish the causality chain, the team feels like it’s looking in the right direction.
For the purpose of this study, Shadyab and his team asked the help of 1,500 women, with ages between 60 and 95-years old. For the duration of the project (approximately one week), the participants were asked to wear a special monitor and to complete a series of questionnaires pertaining to their daily habits.
The results of the study show that women who spend an average of 10 hours per day sitting, had smaller telomeres. Note that all participants found to sit for a very long time also tended to exercise less than 40 minutes per day.
As Shadyab explained, telomeres are little corks that protect our chromosomes from damage. These telomeres are located at the end of a DNA strand. The team found out that the telomeres of patients who embraced a sedentary lifestyle had an increased rate of degradation, compared to those who engage in daily physical activities.
The team said that although telomeres begin to degrade as we grow older, lifestyle factors such as drinking, smoking, and even obesity, can increase the rate of degradation. In addition, previous studies have determined that the accelerated telomere deterioration is linked to diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
Shadyab declared that the results are very promising and that they will try to expand the study’s boundaries, in order to include patients from both genders.
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