Spending More Time Standing May Help Improve Insulin Sensitivity
Sedentary behaviors are those that use very little energy while being awake. Examples include sitting for long periods, watching television, playing on the computer, and playing video games. A recent study has found that increasing standing time may help improve insulin sensitivity in sedentary adults. Insulin sensitivity refers to how your cells respond to insulin, which moves glucose from blood to cells where it can be used as energy. Higher insulin sensitivity is better than a lower reading for blood sugar health.
Participants included 64 adults with metabolic syndrome who were physically inactive. They wore hip-worn accelerometers used to evaluate sedentary behavior, breaks in sedentary behavior, standing, and physical activity. Insulin sensitivity was measured at the end of the study period.
The researchers found that more time spent standing was associated with better insulin sensitivity. In addition, they found that increased body fat percentage had more of an association with insulin sensitivity than physical activity, fitness, or time spent sitting.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Turku. It was published online ahead of print on August 14, 2021 in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.