Are you sitting down? If so, it could be hazardous to your health, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The study performed by the American Cancer Society reports that sitting for six hours or more per day raises your risk of death, whether or not you work out(1).
Researchers found that even if the participants exercised, women who sat six hours or more per day increased their risk of death by 37% over a 13-year period than people who sat less than three hours a day. And men who sat more than six hours per day increased their death risk by 18% over 13-years compared to men who sat less than three hours a day.(1)
Non-exercisers in the study had an even higher risk of death. The least active women in the study, who also sat for the most hours, were 94% more likely to die in 13 years than those who sat the least and exercised the most. The men who did not exercise had a 48% higher death risk.(1)
The study followed 53,440 men and 69,776 women between 1993 and 2006. Researchers said the deaths that occurred during the study were linked to heart disease more than cancer.(1)
"Prolonged time spent sitting, independent of physical activity, has been shown to have important metabolic consequences, and may influence things like triglycerides, high density lipoprotein, cholesterol, fasting plasma glucose, resting blood pressure, and leptin," American Cancer Society researcher Alpa Patel, Ph.D., said in a statement.
Health Complications from Sitting Too Much
One of the main complications from sitting for long periods of time is poor circulation in your legs. When you are inactive, like when you sit for hours at your computer or at your desk at work, the blood flow in your legs is impeded. Poor circulation can cause varicose veins to develop and can allow blood to pool in your legs and feet where blood clots can form. What’s alarming is that blood clots (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) can break off and travel through the blood stream and into the brain, causing a stroke, or into the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolus. Both of these conditions are medical emergencies and could be life threatening. If you’re obese and/or over age 40, you’re at particular risk for DVT.
Contributing Risk Factors
Things that may contribute to poor leg circulation and put you at a higher risk of developing a problem include:
- Lack of exercise; sitting for long periods of time; a sedentary lifestyle
- Poor diet
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Nerve and thyroid conditions
Signs of Poor Leg Circulation
Signs of poor leg circulation usually develop gradually and may include:
- Reoccurring cramps or fatigue in the legs, buttocks or feet.
- Tired, achy, and swollen feet and legs.
- Cold or hot feet for no apparent reason, or tingling sensations in your legs or feet similar to how it feels when your foot “falls asleep.”
- A common symptom of a blood clot is pain in your leg or foot when you stand up or when stretch your leg muscles. If you think you might have a clot you should elevate your leg and call your doctor.
Get a Leg Up on Circulation with Diosmin
The best ways to avoid poor leg circulation is to eliminate any risk factors (such as sitting for long periods of time, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol), get plenty of exercise and stay active and eat a healthy low fat/low sodium diet. Taking a supplement with Diosmin may also be beneficial. Healthy Choice Naturals Circulation Essentials contains 600mg of Diosmin.
Diosmin is a natural flavonoid that is extracted from various plant sources, such as citrus fruits, and is available as a natural nutritional supplement that supports healthy blood circulation.
For more than 30 years, people from Austria to France to Italy have relied on Diosmin to treat circulatory problems of the legs—and rightly so. Clinical trials have shown that Diosmin is highly effective in boosting circulation and strengthening the veins in the legs (2).
What makes Diosmin so amazing is its power to specifically target the blood vessels in the legs. Diosmin improves both blood vessel elasticity and microcirculation while relieving pain and inflammation by inhibiting pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and thromboxanes (9) (12). Because of its direct action on the integrity of vein walls, Diosmin also helps reduce the amount of fluid that leaks out of them.(9) (10)
In one clinical trial, people who suffered from pain and swelling due to varicose veins experienced significant improvement in their symptoms after taking Diosmin for a few months (3). A review of studies also found that, among more than 5,000 patients with vein disorders, the vast majority not only saw a reduction in their discomfort, they actually saw the swelling in their calves and ankles disappear (4). Research shows that a daily dose of 500 to 1,000 mg of Diosmin improves the health of leg veins and brings tremendous relief from pain, night cramps and leg heaviness.(5)(6)(7)(8)
For more information about Healthy Choice Naturals Circulation Essentials with Diosmin, go to www.healthychoicenaturals.com.
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