'Couch Potatoes' May Face Higher Risk of Kidney & Bladder Cancers
2/19/2018, 8:58 a.m.
Let’s be real. In today’s society, ‘couch potatoes’ have arguably crossed over into the workplace environment. Many American workers take to their cubicles 8 hours of the day and many tack on an addition 4 hours sitting in their cars commuting back and forth to the office. Well, the time has finally come to start taking those trips to the water cooler a bit more serious.
Add greater risk of kidney and bladder cancer to the long list of why a lifetime of sitting isn’t good for your health, a new study suggests.
Specifically, lifetime recreational inactivity was associated with a 73 percent increased risk of bladder cancer and a 77 percent increased risk of kidney cancer.
The findings add to growing evidence that inactivity may be a significant risk factor for cancer, the researchers said.
“We hope that findings like ours will motivate inactive people to engage in some form of physical activity,” said study senior author Kirsten Moysich. She is a professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
“You don’t have to run marathons to reduce your cancer risk, but you have to do something — even small adjustments like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking around the block a couple of times on your lunch hour or parking the car far away from the store when you go to the supermarket,” she said in an institute news release.
The study included 160 kidney cancer patients, 208 bladder cancer patients and 766 people without cancer. Cancer risks were similar whether people were obese or not, the researchers said.
The study was only designed to show an association between a sedentary lifestyle and the risk of these cancers; it cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
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