Physical inactivity: associated diseases and disorders

Ann Clin Lab Sci. Summer 2012;42(3):320-37.


A sedentary lifestyle is a very serious worldwide problem, especially in North America and Europe. Unfortunately, physical inactivity, which has progressively increased over the past several decades, significantly increases the risk of numerous diseases/disorders, including several forms of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, coronary and cerebrovascular diseases, overweight/obesity, and all-cause mortality, among others. Unless there is a reversal of this sedentary lifestyle, the incidence of these diseases/disorders will increase, life expectancy will decrease, and medical costs will continue to rise.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Mortality
  • Motor Activity*