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Too much time spent sitting may affect your health.

Anyone with an office job can testify that sitting for eight hours a day can be remarkably draining, but new research has revealed that staying still may actually be harmful for your health.

The role of kidneys

These bean-shaped organs are important because they are responsible for sifting out the waste that ends up in our blood from processing food and breaking down tissue. They release hormones that help maintain blood pressure, fortify bones and produce red blood cells. When kidneys fail to perform these functions, waste begins to build up in the body, leading to kidney failure, which increases the risk of a fatal stroke or heart attack, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Study reveals risk

According to research published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, scientists from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom discovered a link between physical activity, time spent sitting and the likelihood of a developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) diagnosis. Because CKD is linked to diabetes as well as high blood pressure, researchers conducted a cross-sectional study using diabetic screening results provided by family doctors in Leicester.

The documents included details about how much time individual patients spent in a sedentary state compared to an active one. After analyzing this data, the research team determined that people – particularly women – were more likely to contract CKD if they spent a considerable amount of time sitting. In addition, regular exercise lowered the possibility of developing this serious condition.

Of course, most people who spend a lot of time sitting don't necessarily do so by choice. So, if you are confined to a cubicle for 40 hours a week, make a point of getting up regularly to stretch your legs and take a short trip, even if it's just to the bathroom or office kitchen. Also, consider adding a morning jog or trip to the gym to your routine.