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Are We Sitting Ourselves to Death?

Research Backs Diabetes Warnings

Office PicSitting is part of our western lifestyle. We sit in front of TV, in the car, in offices and cafes – yet we know that lack of exercise is one of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More than 220,000 New Zealanders have been diagnosed with diabetes and as many again probably have it.

“Every hour spent watching TV increases the risk of premature death from all causes,” says Dr David Dunstan from Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetic Institute. “We are starting to understand that sitting is a potentially large public health issue”. He compares it to awareness about the danger of sun damage 20 years ago. One American expert goes as far as to call sitting “the new smoking”.

Diabetes awareness week is a good time to consider our own risks. People are encouraged to do 30 minutes exercise a day.

While walking is easy, there are many alternatives – swimming, cycling, dancing or exercise classes. All encourage blood flow and can help avoid foot swelling, joint deformities and stiffness, numbness and ulcers, so common with diabetes.

The good news is, you can now exercise and promote blood flow in feet, legs and hands while you sit – watching TV, in the office, in the car or on the plane. The Aircycle is a soft, easy to use, circulation booster which helps to protect your feet and joints and manage the symptoms of diabetes and arthritis. It helps reduce swollen ankles and cramps, joint and muscle pain and strengthens leg muscles to improve balance and walking.

Aircycles are available in Diabetes NZ shops, pharmacies, at hhtp://www.aircycle.co.nz.nz or by calling +64 4 569 5013.

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