Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

 New research links sitting for long hours with elevated risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and early death. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

New research links sitting for long hours with elevated risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and early death. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and early death.