Inactivity and Shorter Life Expectancy

Diagnosis: Sitting Disease Studies Show Correlation between Inactivity and Shorter Life Expectancy

Our bodies may be paying the ultimate price for the comfort and convenience of our relatively sedentary lifestyles. Sure it feels good now, to get through an average day with minimal physical strain but, according to an article in USA Today quoting a recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the current amount of sitting that the majority of the U.S. population engages in could be hindering the nation’s overall life expectancy. Though the correlation between inactivity and poor health has long been recognized, new research suggests the possible prevention of chronic diseases like breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease and diabetes simply by getting up and moving more. This doesn’t mean that an active person has no risk but, the study suggests that their risk for developing such conditions could be up to 30 percent less than those with sedentary lifestyles.

In addition to diseases like cancer and diabetes, the accumulation of unhealthy practices over an extended period of time such as prolonged sitting also causes structural distortions in the body which can lead to a vast number of health conditions including high blood pressure, thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, headaches, dizziness, bladder problems, and asthma. PostureWorks, a premier spinal health and wellness center located in downtown San Francisco is dedicated to the prevention and correction of these debilitating conditions through our specially tailored corrective care techniques and top-of-the-line equipment and technology. Our highly trained doctors and staff not only treat your conditions, but teach you how to maintain your results and optimize your health for the rest of your life! Our goal is provide all of our patients with the tools and the knowledge to positively influence their future state of health.

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