Current Diabetes Reports

, 14:522 | Cite as

Managing Sedentary Behavior to Reduce the Risk of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

  • Paddy C. Dempsey
  • Neville Owen
  • Stuart J. H. Biddle
  • David W. Dunstan
Lifestyle Management to Reduce Diabetes/Cardiovascular Risk (EM Venditti, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Diabetes/Cardiovascular Risk

Abstract

Modern human environments are vastly different from those of our forebears. Rapidly advancing technology in transportation, communications, workplaces, and home entertainment confer a wealth of benefits, but increasingly come with costs to human health. Sedentary behavior—too much sitting as distinct from too little physical activity—contributes adversely to cardiometabolic health outcomes and premature mortality. Findings from observational epidemiology have been synthesized in meta-analyses, and evidence is now shifting into the realm of experimental trials with the aim of identifying novel mechanisms and potential causal relationships. We discuss recent observational and experimental evidence that makes a compelling case for reducing and breaking up prolonged sitting time in both the primary prevention and disease management contexts. We also highlight future research needs, the opportunities for developing targeted interventions, and the potential of population-wide initiatives designed to address too much sitting as a health risk.

Keywords

Sitting time Sedentary behavior Breaks in sedentary time TV viewing time Physical activity Physical inactivity Type 2 diabetes Cardiovascular disease Cardiometabolic risk Mortality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paddy C. Dempsey
    • 1
    • 2
  • Neville Owen
    • 2
  • Stuart J. H. Biddle
    • 3
    • 4
  • David W. Dunstan
    • 1
  1. 1.Physical Activity LaboratoryBaker IDI Heart and Diabetes InstituteMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Behavioural Epidemiology LaboratoryBaker IDI Heart and Diabetes InstituteMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research UnitLoughborough UniversityLeicestershireUK
  4. 4.Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active LivingVictoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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