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Why the Amount of Time You Are Sitting Matters to Your Health

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- More evidence has surfaced showing that sitting too long is linked to earlier death.

For a study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Harvard scientists investigated the link between sedentary lifestyles, physical activity and heart disease risk in over 71,000 post-menopausal women aged 50-79 years old during a 12-year period.

They found that women who sat for 10 hours or more were likelier to have a heart attack or a stroke -- especially if they were overweight and over age 70.


Compared to more active women who sat for five hours a day or less, the sedentary women had a 63-percent greater risk of developing heart disease -- independent of leisure-time physical activity.


The authors suggest taking breaks from prolonged sitting down, even just by standing up or taking short walks.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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