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Sedentary time associated with type 2 diabetes

study by Julianne van der Berg and colleagues at Maastricht University has shown that each extra hour of sitting is associated with a 22% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The health risks associated with prolonged sitting are becoming increasingly evident, and recent research has shown a connection between sedentary time and the development of type 2 diabetes.

A study conducted by Julianne van der Berg and her colleagues at Maastricht University revealed that each additional hour of sitting is linked to a 22% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They collected data on participants' postures using accelerometers, which proved to be an effective way to assess sedentary behaviour.

Using this data, the researchers calculated the daily time spent sitting, the number of breaks taken between sitting periods, and the duration of continuous sitting. Their findings indicated that participants with type 2 diabetes spent the most time sitting, on average sitting for 26 minutes longer than the other participants.

At EDLAB, we are committed to making Maastricht University a healthier and more dynamic place by introducing standing tutorials through our Education That Moves You project. 

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