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Sitting Behind A Desk All Day May Increase Risk Of Diabetes

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New research suggests that every character in The Office could be at risk for diabetes, as well as obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease!

A study at the University of Missouri found being highly active, then being inactive (like sitting at a desk job all day) for long periods of time spurs changes in the body that increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes!

Researchers defined "highly active" as taking more than 10,000 steps a day, and "inactive" as taking fewer than 5,000 steps a day, but suggesting adding more movement into your daily routine will reduce health risks.

John Thyfault, assistant professor in nutrition and exercise physiology and internal medicine at the university, said

"If people can add some regular movement into their routines throughout the day, they will feel better and be less susceptible to health problems. In the long term, they may not see big changes in the mirror, but they will prevent further weight gain."

While an extra 5,000 steps a day may seem like a monumental challenge, it's actually a lot easier than you think!

Small bits of exercise add up throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to run local errands instead of driving, and if you're stuck behind a desk all day, try taking a walk at lunch!

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