Study: More health risks for sedentary women

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April 12, 2013 12:50:22 PM PDT
A study on post-menopausal women between the ages of 50-79 finds that those who sat for 10 hours or more were likelier to have a heart attack or a stroke, especially if they were overweight and over the age of 70.

Active women who sat for five hours a day or less were less likely to face the same medical problems.

The sedentary women had a 63 percent greater risk of developing heart disease, independent of leisure time physical activity.

Researchers say the solution is to take breaks from prolonged sitting, even if it means standing up or taking short walks.