Why American men die young; heal a sedentary body by breaking the ‘seated cycle’ | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Washington Post | November 12, 2012


A 'seated lifestyle' has associated with everything from increased cancer risk to shorter life expectancy, and it’s costing Americans an arm and a leg — and a back.


At least $50 billion is spent each year to treat lower back pain, the fall issue of NYU Physician says. “Lumbar spine issues are starting to explode as people sit in a chair all day,” physician Wayne Stokes told the magazine. “We try to get across the idea that if the body doesn’t move, it’s not going to work.”


According to the magazine, chronic back pain isn’t caused so much by acute injury as by muscles that have become weak or imbalanced from disuse