Sitting for long hours increases the frailty risk in women, research tells

A sedentary lifestyle also called sedentarism is associated with a number of adverse health problems. This new study reveals that it affects women in a very damaging way. It also influences the ability of women to recover from any injury or illness.

When a woman sits for too long, it affects her body in a damaging way. This prolonged sitting is harmful to the health. More time a person spends in sitting, greater are the chances to die prematurely, as proven by a study.

(Click here to read the research study)

When we are sitting for too long, it impairs the cardiovascular system. It also increases the risk of diabetes and may fluctuate the blood pressure. There are a few studies which prove that it sometimes causes the brain to shrink.

When you age, sitting becomes a habit. It is more dangerous at this level because of its possible risks of walking disabilities, dementia or other memory-related diseases.

This new study investigates the side effects of sedentary behavior on aging women. This research has been conducted at the University of Queensland (UQ) in St. Lucia, Australia. The study sample comprised of 5,462 middle-aged women. These women were clinically followed for 12 years to predict these results.

This study has been published in American Journal of Epidemiology. It is available online to read. (Click here to read the complete research findings.)

What do you understand by frailty?

The data for this research was taken from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health. All the women who participated in this study were born between the year 1946 and 1951. The processing was carried out on a self-reported daily sitting time and routine.

Using the FRAIL scale the data obtained from all of these women were assessed for the women’s frailty. The scale ranges from 0 (represents healthy) to 5 (frail) and broke down sitting time into three categories that are low (3.5 hours each day), medium (5.5 hours per day), and high (10 hours per day).

The author of this study explains that frailty is an ability that someone has fewer reserves to recover from any disease or injury. It also means that you will have an increased chance of hospitalization and premature mortality.

There have been previous researches that tell about women tend to live longer than men. But they also show a comparatively higher risk of frailty. You can read one research here. This is the reason why researchers were eager to study this impact on women particularly.

Sitting increases frailty in women but these effects are reversible!

The research tells that women with an extremely sedentary lifestyle, usually spending 10 hours or more sitting are at the highest risk of becoming frail. Contrary to this, those women who spend fewer hours in sitting develop fewer problems and health complications. The effects of sitting for long are damaging but most of the times they are reversible.

All these participants who decreased their sitting time by cutting more or less 2 hours per day showed a varied vulnerability for developing health problems. This research is significant because it urges the women to take precautionary measure because it causes a problem to them.

Women should try and limit their sitting hours as per a healthy standard. It is also necessary to take breaks between sitting periods to be physically active. For the optimal health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests to the adults over 65 years of age to engage in any routine activity. The recommended time for them is at least 2.5 hour of moderate intensity workout or cardio exercise. They may also do strength training no more than twice a day.

Read complete guide from CDC by clicking here.

The elders can also do a brisk walk, mopping the floor as a part of their exercise, mow the lawn, lifting weights or any moderate activity that makes them moving. All of these are counted as moderate intensity physical work, which ensures a healthy life, proven by research.


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Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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