Thursday, January 08, 2009

Light Activity Can Help Avoid Chronic Disease

Light Activity Can Help Avoid Chronic Disease

Reducing time spent sitting and increasing light physical activity has important health benefits that may reduce the risk of diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases. This is according to new research undertaken by The University of Queensland and Melbourne's International Diabetes Institute.

The research, published in Diabetes Care, has not only confirmed that a sedentary lifestyle is associated with high blood glucose levels, but for the first time has shown that light intensity physical activity, like washing dishes, ironing and other routine domestic or occupational tasks, was associated with lower blood glucose levels.

High glucose levels are a precursor to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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