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Sedentary Lifestyle May Increase Risk of Death from Cancer

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to several health issues, including diabetes, poor cardiovascular health, and poor sleep quality. A new study has found a link between a sedentary lifestyle and an increased risk of death from cancer.

Participants in the study included 8,002 adults who took part in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke study. They work an accelerometer for 7 days to measure sedentary time, light-intensity physical activity, and moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity. Participants were followed for an average of 5.3 years and all deaths from cancer were recorded.

Participants with the most sedentary lifestyles were found to have an 82% higher risk of cancer mortality, compared to those with the most active lifestyles. Replacing 30 minutes per week of sedentary time with moderate-intensity physical activity decreased the risk of cancer mortality by 31%. Replacing 30 minutes per week of sedentary time with light-intensity physical activity decreased the risk of cancer mortality by 8%.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Duke University, and the University of Alabama. It was published online ahead of print on June 18, 2020 in JAMA Oncology.

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