Long-term sedentary jobs linked to cancer risk

According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, sedentary behaviors, particularly those that require minimal energy expenditure, may increase the risk of developing chronic diseases including colon cancer and heart disease.

The Wall Street Journal reports that, “Researchers collected data from 2005 to 2007 on 918 colon-cancer patients and 1,021 controls and found that those who spent 10 or more years in sedentary jobs had a twofold risk of colon cancer and a 44% increased risk of rectal cancer, compared with those whose occupations were never sedentary.”

Notably, those with jobs requiring heavy physical activity had a 44% decreased risk of colon cancer.

So, it’s time to get up and get moving!

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