Volume 52, Number 4
April 2023

Lifestyle modifications can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and hypertension. A Singapore study examined the association between domain-specific physical activity (e.g. work, transport and leisure) and sedentary behaviour, with T2DM and hypertension.

Individuals with more than 826 metabolic equivalent of task-minutes of leisure-related physical activity per week had lower odds of having T2DM and hypertension. Individuals with more than 8 hours of sedentary time daily had higher odds of having hypertension compared with those with 0–5 hours of sedentary time.

Health promotion strategies can emphasise for moderate levels of leisure-related physical activity, while targeting complex circumstances driving behaviours to increase physical activity.

Illustration by Xinyu Li

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