Oral Presentation Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

Reducing and breaking up sedentary time as a potential management tool for patients with type 2 diabetes (#184)

David Dunstan 1
  1. Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Modern human environments are vastly different from those of our forebears. Rapidly advancing technology in transportation, communications, workplaces, and home entertainment confer a wealth of benefits, but increasingly come with costs to human health. Sedentary behaviour --too much sitting as distinct from too little physical activity -- contributes adversely to cardio metabolic health outcomes and premature mortality. Reducing time spent in sedentary behaviours is emerging as a novel and compelling public health strategy. There is now an empirical basis for advocating the reduction of overall sitting time as part of the treatment and management of type 2 diabetes patients. While explicit clinical recommendations regarding sedentary behaviours are yet to be refined, it now seems prudent for clinicians and others --in the interests of ‘doing no harm’-- to advise standing up more, sitting less, and taking every opportunity to move more, more often.