‘A driver could easily lose focus ... and make an error of judgement’

Doctor warns of both health and road safety implications of drivers working extensive hours on a daily basis.

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DUBAI // Long periods of inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle associated with desk jobs and employment requiring sitting down carries a health warning from doctors.

It can lead to a number of chronic ailments such as metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions including increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Dr Atul Aundhekar, chief medical director at iCare Clinics in Dubai, said sitting down for hours without exercise can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health.

“Over time, it will have a damaging effect on the human body and can have an adverse effect on the ageing process,” he said.

“The body is supposed to be moving to maintain a healthy function. This is why regular exercise is so important.

“Sitting down for long periods on consecutive days without a break can lead to hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and obesity. This can happen within just three to five years and is a serious health-risk factor.

“A lack of movement also reduces the amount of oxygen that is transported to the brain and vital organs, which can impair reaction times and concentration.

“A driver who has been at the wheel for a long time could easily lose focus, have cloudy thoughts and make an error of judgement, so regular breaks are very important to maintain mental alertness.”

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