The findings were published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Data were taken from the Maastricht Study, an observational, prospective, population-based cohort study in the Netherlands.

The authors included 2,497 participants (mean age 60 years) from this study who were asked to wear their accelerometer 24 hours per day for eight consecutive days.

The authors calculated the daily amount of sedentary time, daily number of sedentary breaks, number of prolonged sedentary periods (of 30 minutes or more), and the average duration of these sedentary periods.

To determine diabetes status, participants underwent an oral glucose tolerance test.

The researchers determined that the increased risk of diabetes per additional hour of sedentary time was 22 percent.

 

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