Prolonged sitting linked to kidney disease
You’ve heard it before: get up and get out. Now there’s another reason to leave the couch: chronic kidney disease.
New research shows that sitting for long stretches (i.e. eight or more hours) increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, especially in women. Sedentary men are affected — but to a lesser degree. Additionally, while regular physical activity, like a 30-minute walk, reduced this risk of developing kidney disease in men, it did not provide the same benefit for women. Consequently it appears that if may be better if women avoided sitting for long spells from the get-go.
Chronic kidney disease is a progressive condition where the kidneys are unable to filter blood, which can lead to waste build-up in the body and eventually cause kidney failure.
The study, which was conducted at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, appeared in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.