Sitting Down: The Newest Thing That Gives You Cancer

Sitting too much

Sitting down too much could increase your risk of cancer, according to a new study.

It’s an oft-repeated cliche (especially among smokers) that “everything gives you cancer.” More and more, it really seems that everything actually does. Case in point, “too much sitting” can now be added to the ever-growing list of things that will kill you by cancer, according to a new Kansas State University study.

MSN reports that the study involved about 60,000 men between the ages of 45 and 65. They found that there exists “a steady increase in risk of chronic diseases with the men who sat more.” Those chronic diseases include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and, yup, you guessed it, cancer.

The Telegraph reports that the groups were populated according to duration: four hours or less, four to six, six to eight, and more than eight hours a day. Those sitting for more than eight hours a day (read: Nearly the entire population of the white collar work force) “clearly had the highest risk” of developing such diseases, said research head Professor Richard Rosenkranz.

So what can you do to head off the increased risk of cancer caused by sitting too much? Exercise more?

“It’s not just that people aren’t getting enough physical activity, but it’s that they’re also sitting too much.”

Okay, so that’s out.

“We should be looking at reducing the amount of time we sit,” Rosenkranz said. “A lot of office jobs that require long periods of sitting may be hazardous to your health because of inactivity and the low levels of energy expenditure.”

Hmm. It kind of just sounds like we’re all doomed to me. Oh, well. “Everything gives you cancer,” right?

How much do you sit during the day? Are you at risk for cancer?