7/07/2011 10:30 AM ET |
Filed under: Health
One more reason for women everywhere to be getting up and active as much as possible!
A study among women released on Tuesday says lying around for long periods of time outside of work DOUBLES the risk of dangerous blood clots in the lung.
Researchers added a sedentary lifestyle to list of causes for pulmonary embolism — blood clots in the lungs that typically arise from a vein constriction in the legs — after studying 69,950 female nurses over an 18-year period.
Age, immobility on long-haul flights, obesity, smoking and hypertension are already risks for the condition, but researchers found the risk doubled in women who spent 41 hours a week outside of work sitting down, compared to those who spent less than 10.
The average age of women studied was 55-years-old, which begs the question whether younger women face the same risk. More research is needed to determine whether the findings apply to men and women not of European descent.
Remember ladies — an active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle!
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