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Sitting Can be Just as Dangerous as Smoking

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I wonder if Texas lawmakers will now try to ban prolonged sitting? According to new research, sitting too much can actually be just as dangerous to your health as smoking cigarettes. This is bad news for people who sit a lot like those who have desk jobs, play video games or are radio talk show hosts.

According to CBS San Francisco:

“Smoking certainly is a major cardiovascular risk factor and sitting can be equivalent in many cases,” explained Dr. David Coven.

Dr. Coven is a cardiologist. He says several new studies show prolonged sitting is now being linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and even early death.

“The fact of being sedentary causes factors to happen in the body that are very detrimental,” said Dr. Coven.

Dr. Coven says when you sit for long periods of time; your body goes into storage mode,

When that happens, it stops working as effectively as it should. What’s worse, the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of developing one or more of these diseases, just as with smoking.

I wonder if Rep. Myra Crownover will do something about this?

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