A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found outdoor recliners and recliners with a full reclining arm may be a significant risk factor for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver found that indoor recliners, like the recliner from the brand Rachael Ray, may lead to insulin resistance, which may lead the body to respond to elevated glucose levels, increasing your risk of obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes.
Insulin resistance is a condition that leads to the buildup of excess fat around the organs.
The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, looked at the risk of insulin resistance in a sample of 1,500 adults and found outdoor seating in an outdoor recline chair is one of the highest risk factors for insulin resistance.
“The findings of this study are not surprising given that the study population was highly obese and had high blood pressure,” said lead author Dr. James A. Lohman, PhD, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hospital Cleveland.
“The results also suggest that indoor indoor recliner seating may be associated with elevated insulin resistance.”
Researchers also found that outdoor reclining was associated with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, while indoor seating was associated only with diabetes and heart attacks.
“The results are a sobering reminder that people living in urban areas and areas with higher rates of obesity and hypertension should be cautious of recliners as a preventive measure,” Dr. Lahman said.
The researchers also noted that indoor seating is a common type of indoor seating, but outdoor seating may not be a safe option for people with high blood pressures, diabetes or heart disease because of the increased risk for insulin and leptin resistance.
The researchers found that people who were obese and/or had diabetes were more likely to have indoor seating than indoor seating with full recliners.
In fact, the indoor reclining type of seating was more common among people with diabetes.
In the study, the researchers found indoor seating may also lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, and other health conditions that include hypertension and high cholesterol.
The researchers found those who were older were more than three times more likely than those younger to be obese and insulin resistant, which could increase their risk of developing other health problems.
“People living in areas with high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart diseases should be careful of reclining chairs,” Dr Lohmann said.
“They are a risk factor in terms of obesity.
The risk for heart disease is higher when recliners are installed and indoor seating can lead people to over-consume carbohydrates.”
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