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Careful, Computer Users: Sitting Too Long Leads to Health Problems

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The medical community has a term for a new health threat on the landscape.

It's called "Silicon Valley Syndrome," and it afflicts people who use technology a great deal and tend to sit all day.

According to a report from Lumo Body Tech, a posture and movement health services firm in Palo Alto, Calif., 60% of Americans say they have developed health problems from using desktop, laptop and tablet computers.

Leading health complaints from consumers include back and neck pain, eye strain and headaches.

Obviously, a company such as Lumo wants you to buy its products, which are designed to improve your posture and unhealthy technology habits.

But the company does have the facts on its side.

Study after study shows that sitting in front of a computer, tablet or television is a dangerous health habit.

According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, prolonged sitting and use of technology devices can lead to:

  • A 112% increase in risk of diabetes.
  • A 147% increase in cardiovascular events.
  • A 90% increase in death due to cardiovascular events.
  • A 49% increase in death due to any cause.

At least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week is the suggestion of many health practitioners.

So maybe it's time to put the tablet down and listen — or better yet, get up and go for a walk.

"We think it's critically important for everyone who uses technology gadgets — at home and at work — to understand what this data says about technology and our health and to use this data as a call to action to adopt healthier tech usage habits," says Monisha Perkash, Lumo's chief executive.

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