Too much sitting has negative effects on colon cancer patients

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By NBC News

Too much sitting has negative effects on colon cancer patients

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM CDT

ATLANTA -- New research reveals colon cancer patients should get up and get active.

According to a report by NBC News, the American Cancer Society has released data that links too much sitting with an increased risk of dying from the disease.

A study of over 2,000 colon cancer patients found those who spent six or more hours a day sitting were 36 percent more likely to die than those who sat less than three hours a day.

Regular exercise lowered the risk of dying by 28 percent.

Researchers still aren't sure why but say long periods of setting have negative effects on glucose and insulin levels and can worsen hormone balances.

This study was led by researchers at the American Cancer Society and published in the 'Journal of Clinical Oncology'.

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