Older Women Who Sit More Are At Greater Risk Of Heart Attacks

Menopause in women brings a lot of health complications. Obese women with a sedentary lifestyle are highly likely to suffer from heart ailments.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Feb 19, 2020 10:13 IST
Older Women Who Sit More Are At Greater Risk Of Heart Attacks

In the present scenario, there can nothing worse than a sedentary lifestyle. A person needs to keep moving and stay active in order to live a long life with a healthy body. The more time you spend sitting, the more are risks on your health. In recent news, researchers have found that post-menopausal women who spend most of their time sitting are at greater risk of heart diseases. The problems could be worse in obese and overweight women.

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This study is published in the current issue of the journal of the American Heart Association. According to Dorothy Sears, lead researcher Professor of Nutrition at the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, Phoenix, United States of America, “Reducing sitting time improves glucose control and blood flow, and engaging in physical activities, even light-intensity daily life activities like cooking and shopping, show favorable associations with reduced mortality risk and prevention of heart disease and stroke.”

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The team conducted this research on 518 obese or overweight women aged 63 years and above. Researchers recorded the physical activity and sitting habits of all the participants through an accelerometer that the women wore on their right hip for 2 weeks. They also underwent a blood test to check blood sugar and insulin resistance. With each hour of sitting, 7 percent hike in insulin resistance and a 6 percent increase in fasting insulin levels were recorded. With an increase of 15 minutes in the average sitting time, more than 9 percent of insulin resistance increase and a 7 percent increase in fasting insulin was recorded.

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“We were surprised to observe such a strong negative link between the amount of time spent sitting and insulin resistance, and that this association was still strong after we accounted for exercise and obesity,” Sears said.

This study shows that health risks increase post menopause which can be prevented with an active lifestyle. Thus, women should maintain a fit and active lifestyle.

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