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Spending too much time sitting down builds fat around the body's organs and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
A study found people who spent a large amount of time sitting down had higher levels of visceral and total abdominal fat.
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Visceral fat is unseen and wrapped around the liver, pancreas and kidneys.
Carrying a high amount is known to be associated with insulin resistance - the driving factor for type 2 diabetes, a preventable condition.
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Many of us are chained to our desk for work and the research found the most harmful effect was on those who do not work out in their spare time.
The findings are worrying given that most of us now spend more time sitting than retired pensioners, a previous study found.
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The new research suggests that while we may not be able to escape being chained to our desks for hours, meeting weekly activity guidelines can make a difference in reducing our risk of preventable disease.
Lead author of the latest study, Dr Joe Henson at the University of Leicester, said: 'We know that spending long periods of time sedentary is unhealthy and a risk factor for chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
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'Likewise, the amount of fat deposited around our internal organs may also predispose us to these diseases.'
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