Sitting is mostly a resting position supported in humans by buttocks or thighs where the torso is more or less upright. Women generally, really enjoy ‘leisure sitting’, but wait– is it a healthy thing to do? It has been studied that women who spend a great deal of time sitting in front of the tv everyday are at an alarmingly elevated risk of developing cancer.According to new research, conducted by the American Cancer Society sitting excessively even during hours of recreation and relaxation may elevate chances of developing breast and ovarian cancers by up to 10% in women.
“The higher risk was present even after taking into account body mass index (BMI), physical activity, and other factors,” said the study’s lead author, Alpa Patel
But when links drawn between higher chances of having cancer with sitting abundantly were being examined, which were very intense, there were no obvious links apparent for males that the study covered.
“Longer leisure-time spent sitting was associated with a higher risk of total cancer risk in women, and specifically with multiple myeloma, breast and ovarian cancers, but sitting time was not associated with cancer risk in men,” the team described
Patel and his research team raised concerns about how today’s generation is leading a more static and immobile life, when it comes to home recreation or private leisure time. Thanks to consumer technology advancement, all the activities people involve themselves in evolve sitting for extended periods, or they rarely move at all.
Numerous studies earlier than this had shown association of sedentary lifestyles and the potential increase in cancer risk – however this was the first study focalizing on analysis of both sitting and a narrower group of cancer types.
After examining the data collected from 69,260 men and 77,462 women of which 18,555 men and 12,236 women were diagnosed with cancer through the course of the 17-year study, the team verified, through built up evidence of a 10% cancer risk increase among women who spent ample amount of time sitting for extended periods than their counterparts did.
“Further research is warranted to better understand the differences in associations between men and women,” the team added.