In addition to plant-based diets and strong communities, near-constant moderate physical activity is the norm in these areas. First, we read about a connection between sitting and diabetes and other metabolic disorders, now research connects sitting to various forms of cancer. Dr Skeptic on All Cause Mortality Which is more important: how you die, or if you die?
Risk increased more with TV-viewing time than work-related or total sitting time.
“TV viewing is often accompanied by unhealthy food consumption and smoking, which pose risks of cancer,” Schmid said.
But according to the latest research, even when people do significant and regular exercise, they still increase their risks of serious illness from hours of physical inactivity.
These findings are also consistent with lifestyles in so-called “Blue Zones,” places such as Okinawa, Japan, and Sardinia, Italy, where people live much longer on average than the rest of the developed world. There are reasons to be skeptical of all cause morality statistics.
In both cases, the more sedentary job carried greater health risks than the more active job, even though they were in a similar line of work.
In the decades that followed, researchers and policy makers focused on the health benefits of getting exercise.
The argument is that this measurement is more sensitive to changes in treatments that specifically target that condition (as there is less ‘noise’ from deaths from other causes).
For example, it makes sense to measure deaths from heart disease if you are testing the effect of a treatment for heart disease.
You might think that young people do better on the not sitting front but you’d be wrong.