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Written by Karel Nunnink   

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The percentage of people who exercise regularly is about the same today as it was 30 years ago. But the amount of time people spend sitting has risen by 8%. A 2010 study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that when healthy men limited their number of footsteps by 85% for two weeks they experienced a 17% decrease in insulin sensitivity, which raised their risk of getting diabetes. Modern medicine has done wonders to keep people alive longer but that doesn't mean they're necessarily healthier. Today's mortality rate is about 43% lower than it was in the 1960s. But back then less than one percent of Americans had diabetes and only thirteen percent were obese. Compare that to today where six percent of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes and 38% are obese. That’s a 300 percent rise in obesity!

You can prevent getting diabetes by making good food choices and not sitting so often or so long. Get up from time to time during the day – whether at work, at home, or in your car. Pull over, take a short walk, do some jumping jacks, twist and bend and boost your metabolism. You’ll feel better, be more positive and dance through the day.

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