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Never Do This or Risk a Stroke, Says Recent Study

ETNT Health Logo By Michael Martin of ETNT Health | Slide 2 of 5: According to the study published in the journal Stroke, people younger than 60 who reported sitting for eight or more hours daily—and not being otherwise physically active—were seven times more likely to have a stroke than people who were sedentary for less than four hours and got at least 10 minutes of exercise every day.Researchers looked at the health data of 143,000 adults registered with the Canadian Community Health Survey, which tracked participants—all 40 years and older, with no prior history of stroke—for an average of 9.4 years."Sedentary time is increasing in the United States and Canada," said lead study author Dr. Raed Joundi of the University of Calgary. "Sedentary time is the duration of awake activities that are done sitting or lying down. Leisure sedentary time is specific to the sedentary activities done while not at work. It is important to understand whether high amounts of sedentary time can lead to stroke in young individuals, as a stroke can cause premature death or significantly impair function and quality of life."RELATED: Your Alzheimer's Risk Increases "Dramatically" When You Do These 11 Things

1. What the Study Found

According to the study published in the journal Stroke, people younger than 60 who reported sitting for eight or more hours daily—and not being otherwise physically active—were seven times more likely to have a stroke than people who were sedentary for less than four hours and got at least 10 minutes of exercise every day.

Researchers looked at the health data of 143,000 adults registered with the Canadian Community Health Survey, which tracked participants—all 40 years and older, with no prior history of stroke—for an average of 9.4 years.

"Sedentary time is increasing in the United States and Canada," said lead study author Dr. Raed Joundi of the University of Calgary. "Sedentary time is the duration of awake activities that are done sitting or lying down. Leisure sedentary time is specific to the sedentary activities done while not at work. It is important to understand whether high amounts of sedentary time can lead to stroke in young individuals, as a stroke can cause premature death or significantly impair function and quality of life."

RELATED: Your Alzheimer's Risk Increases "Dramatically" When You Do These 11 Things

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