It’s time to stand up and cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes,

According to a new survey, sitting down for long periods of time can increase your chances of becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes, even if you exercise.

And this is not necessarily just a problem with people who have sedentary jobs that involve sitting down for long periods of time – factor in watching telly, reading a book or anything else that involves sitting down and you’re in trouble.

Over five years, the UCL study which looked at the effect of being inactive for long periods of time outside of work on 4,000 civil servants. The research found that those who sat for less than 12 hours a week and exercised for four hours over a seven day period were less likely to be at risk of obesity  than those who spent 25 hours sitting and just 90 minutes of exercise.

Eek, maybe it’s time to get up and go for a walk around the office. Think we’ll avoid the TV and go for a run tonight…