A Sedentary Lifestyle and Diabetes
What happens when you are sedentary and don't get a good daily dose of physical activity? You raise your risk of obesity and developing type 2 diabetes. Once you have type 2 diabetes, you are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye complications, and foot and skin problems.
The World Health Organization says a sedentary lifestyle is one of the 10 leading causes of death and disability.
It accounts for 300,000 premature deaths each year in the United States alone. These deaths are mainly from cardiovascular disease -- something for which people with diabetes and prediabetes are at a much higher risk than others.
One way to maintain a healthy weight or to lose weight is through exercise. The CDC and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend that people engage in moderate to intense physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week. Yet less than half of Americans get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to a CDC survey. Even worse? A whopping 25% get no physical activity at all.
Kids aren’t faring well, either. Increased time spent with television, computers, video games, cell phones and homework means less time moving around and playing outside. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, since 1976, the number of overweight children in the United States has tripled.
In practical terms, this means that today more than 1 in 6 children between the ages of 12 to 19 are overweight and at risk for health problems.
The Role of Exercise
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