Name of the study: The relationship between stabilization and insulin sensitivity
Who and where: University of Finland, Turkish Pet Center and UKK Institute of Finland
What does it say?
Standing rather than sitting prevents chronic diseases.
It enhances the activation of insulin, a key hormone for energy, metabolism and blood sugar regulation.
It increases focus and helps burn calories. Reduces the risk of diabetes and heart attack.
For: Stay on your feet to stay healthy
Dr. HK Chopra, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Medanta Mulchand Heart Institute, Delhi
Sitting for long periods of time causes the calories to accumulate. By standing too long you can burn a large amount of it. Prolonged standing increases insulin sensitivity and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes. When we have insulin resistance, the cells in our body do not normally respond to the hormone insulin and therefore glucose stays in the blood instead of going to the cells.
Blood sugar levels rise with standing. Stabilization leads to weight loss and has been documented to help reduce bad cholesterol, TG and sympathetic activity.
Against: You need a lot more
Manjunath Malige, Chief Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, Aster RV Hospital, JP Nagar, Bangalore
Standing is not enough physical activity. The body’s metabolic rate depends on a variety of factors, including a person’s genetic predisposition, diet, and lifestyle habits. Excess body fat in people with diabetes affects the way insulin is secreted, leading to insulin resistance.
This is why it is important for people with diabetes to lead an active lifestyle and especially to lose belly fat. A 70-pound person who stands for about an hour burns about 160 calories and burns about 120 calories while sitting.