Stop, You’re Hurting Your Liver!

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Written by: Kirsten Cowart

Studies have been showing us for some time now that sitting for more than 1-2 hours at a time is linked with increased anxiety, obesity and diabetes. Now researchers have found that sitting can have some adverse effects on your liver too!

What The Research Found

Being sedentary and sitting have both been linked to fatty liver disease in people who don’t drink alcohol, according to a new study from South Korea.

In an article published in the Journal of Hepatology (study of the liver), they found that people who sit for 10 or more hours each day increase their chances of getting fatty liver disease by 9%!

So, if you work a desk job that is 8 hours a day and then go home and sit down while watching TV or go sit at your computer, you are bound to be at risk.  

What You Can Do About It Today

If you do work a desk job, there is still hope. The research found that getting physically active can counter the effects of sitting for long periods of time. People who walk at least 10,000 steps per day were 20% less likely to develop Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) compared to people who rarely exercise.  

It may be well worth your time (and health) to get a step counter and start creating more excuses to walk places. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go on a walk during your lunch break and purposely park your car on the far side of the parking lot at work if you have a hard time finding time to exercise.  

How Did The South Koreans Come To These Conclusions?

Around 140,000 South Korean women and men with an average age of 40 were part of the scientific study. Almost 35% or nearly 40,000 of these people were found to have NAFLD. The participants reported how active they were and how often they sat per day to the researchers.  

Dr. Seungho Ryu, who headed the study, reports that most of the participants were in good health. This makes it a lot more likely that the disease was caused from a sedentary lifestyle instead of something else.

How Much Activity Should You Do Per Day?

Michael Trenell, the professor of metabolism and lifestyle medicine at the Newcastle University in England said, “Our body is designed to move and it is not surprising that sedentary behavior, characterized by low muscle activity, has a direct impact on physiology.”

Trenell also said that lifestyle change is the best medicine for this disease, especially because very few drugs are available on the market. He strongly recommends that each person do 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or around 10,000 steps per day.  

Professor Trenell wants us to know that scientists and researchers are still unclear about how much sitting in considered too much for us to remain in good health, but research is very clear that “it is better to sit less than to sit more.”

How much sitting do you do each day compared to exercising? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.  

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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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