Several research studies have come to the same conclusion that sitting for long hours may lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular events, worsening mental health and risk of being disabled even with a consistent exercise regimen. Furthermore, results of a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, reported study participants who sat for more than 11 hours daily were at highest risk of mortality during the 12- year follow up. Sitting can lead to an increase in appetite and reduced muscle movement; thus the article suggests to break up sitting time about every half hour at work or home. How much time do you spend sitting daily? What are some methods you would recommend to your patients on how to reduce sitting time?
The article can be found at WebMD
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The BMJ recently published a meta-analysis evaluating vascular events in more than 2 million workers whose work schedule was not a regular daytime schedule. The study found that shift workers had an increased risk of myocardial infarction, coronary events, and ischemic stroke. How do you counsel your patients who work night shifts to stay healthy?
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A recent poll of 2,000 adults aged 30-45 discovered that more than two-thirds of adults either drink or think of having a drink before they get home from work. Having a bad day and work-related stress were the most common reasons for the consumption of alcohol. How do you educate your patients on ways to cope with stress?