Standing Provides Real Advantages Over Sitting
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Thursday, August 06, 2015 12:00 AM

In the report on this recent study sitting resulted in increased BMI, waist circumference, fasting plasma glucose, triglycerides, 2-hour plasma glucose, and lower HDL.  Replacing 2 hours of sitting with stepping was associated with lower BMI, lower triglycerides and higher HDL.

Time spent standing, rather than sitting, was associated with lower fasting plasma glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol in a new study.

Researchers attached a monitor to nearly 700 participants over 7 days and found that each additional 2 hours per day spent sitting was significantly associated with higher body mass index, waist circumference, fasting plasma glucose, total/high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ratio, triglycerides, 2-hour plasma glucose, and with lower HDL cholesterol.

"These findings provide important preliminary evidence on the potential benefits of standing for cardio-metabolic risk biomarkers, especially improved lipid metabolism. This has important public health implications given that standing is a common behavior, the most common alternative to sitting, and predominantly replaces sitting in some types of effective and acceptable environmental sitting-reduction interventions."

Many have replaced sitting with standing, but the benefits or harms of standing aren't known and little research has been done on it.

In the study, they also found that replacing two hours a day of sitting time with stepping was associated with a lower BMI and with lower triglycerides and higher HDL-cholesterol. Those in the healthcare world, including policy makers, should look at ways to get people to move more often. "Healthcare providers, policy makers, and people in general need to stand up for this. Literally."