As with any work week, you probably feel like you’ve aged a million years since Monday/Tuesday as you trudge out of the office every Friday. And it turns out, you may not be wrong.
According to a new study from researchers at the University of California at San Diego, people that sit for more than ten hours a day, as most cubicle dwellers do, can make you “biologically” eight years older than you chronologically are.
Dr. Aladdin Shadyab, who led the study, said that “Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle.” The reason? Those that sit longer have shorter telomeres, which are “tiny protective caps found on the ends of DNA strands that act like the plastic tips of shoelaces.” Telomores get shorter and wear out with age, so people that spent most of their time sitting on their asses have “older” cells. And not only that, people with shorter telomeres are also more likely to have cardiovascular disease, diabetes and major cancers. Sweet.
On the (sort of) upside, the researchers did find that regular exercise can offset some of the damage sitting does to telomeres.
Yay. Another reason to go to the gym. .
[via New York Post]
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