Being a Couch Potato is as Unhealthy as Lighting Up

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A new study published in The Lancet, a London-based medical journal, shows that the ill effects of being a couch potato are comparable to those of smoking cigarettes. Examining data from 2008, researchers found that physical inactivity contributed to 5.3 million deaths that year. By comparison, lighting up kills some 5 million people annually.

The vast majority of inactivity-related, premature deaths involved at least one of four major diseases - Heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer. Here's how exercise helps:

Heart disease: Regular exercise helps to keep your heart vessels healthy and can block the formation of harmful atherosclerotic plaques known to cause blood clots - a top factor in stroke and heart attacks. Heart disease and diabetes: Exercise helps to lower your risk of high blood pressure, high sugar and high cholesterol, all of which are common factors in developing diabetes and heart disease

Colon cancer: Exercise can improve digestion, reducing the risk of waste causing cancerous growths in the colon.

Breast cancer: Exercise reduces fat, particularly in the belly where metabolic activity may trigger tumor growth in breast tissue.

Researchers advise that reducing physical inactivity by just 10 percent could help to prevent 533,000 premature deaths a year. A 25-percentcut could help prevent up to 1.3 million early deaths.

If you've fallen into a couch potato lifestyle, Metabolic Research Centercan help. Our weight loss specialists can tailor a nutrition and exercise plan just for you, lending benefits that go far beyond shedding pounds. Call 800-501-8090 to find the location nearest you.


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