Stand up for living longer
SITTING for long periods shortens life. The more sedentary we are the shorter our life spans will be, according to a new US study.
Even after adjustments were made for a number of risk factors, including body mass index (BMI) and smoking, the negative effects of having your bum on a seat for long periods still remained.
For men, the increased risk of dying from heart disease when staying seated for more than six hours a day was 17 per cent. For women, it was a whopping 37 per cent.
“If you’re in a job that does require sitting, that’s fine, but any time you can expend energy is good.” says Dr Jay Brooks.
Coffee okay for expectant mums
Drinking one cup of coffee a day does not put women at risk of miscarriage or preterm birth, a new study reports.
Researchers looked at two previous studies on the effects of coffee consumption of more than 1000 women and concluded that a moderate intake of caffeine (less than 200 milligrams) a day does no harm. This equates to a small cup of filter coffee or two small cups of instant coffee.
“If you take less than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day, it does no harm,” says Dr Gene Burkett from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. “Anything in moderation is reasonable, and I think one cup of coffee is moderate.”
However, experts also admit that they can’t say for sure whether caffeine intake during pregnancy restricts foetal growth, and they also have no conclusion about the effects of higher levels of caffeine on an unborn baby.
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