A new DNA study from the University of San Diego reveals that sedentariness, more specifically sitting on the couch all day, like there’s no tomorrow, can be detrimental to your health. Although it’s a wide-known fact that the lack of physical activities can lead to all sort of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, the new DNA study shows that slouching too long on the couch ages our cell by at least eight years.
Spending too much time sitting on the couch or the chair has been known to cause a host of illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease. However, new DNA study from the University of San Diego points out another risk factor associated with the lack of physical activity: premature cell aging.
Aladdin Shadyab, the senior researcher on this new project focused on sedentariness, declared that people who do not engage in daily physical activities and spend their time sitting on the couch age faster than active people.
To determine how sedentariness affects people, Shadyab and his team asked approximately 1,500 elder women to partake in this new study. As the researcher notes, all women who agreed to take part in the study had ages between 60 and 95, and many of them spend their time sitting on the couch/chair.
For the duration of the DNA study, the participants were asked to wear a monitor around the clock. Moreover, at the end of the study, the volunteers also had to complete a couple of questionnaires regarding their diets and lifestyles.
The results of Shadyab’s DNA study were more than intriguing. His team discovered that people who have a sedentary lifestyle have an accelerated telomeres degradation rate. Telomeres are like little caps which protect the DNA strands from damage. As we get older, these little caps start to degrade as well.
However, Shadyab and his team discovered that all participants who spent 10 hours or more sitting have an accelerated rate of telomeres degradation. The volunteers who spend a lot of time sitting failed to follow the 40-minute daily workout program.
In addition, it would seem that sitting will also determine our cell to age at an accelerated rate. Shadyab calculated that the cells of patients who embrace a sedentary lifestyle are at least eight years older than their chronological age.
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