POTENTIALLY DEADLY: Dr Richard Beasley has conducted research showing risks of blood clotting from sitting at a desk all day. Behind is Thom Charles in the pressure testing chamber.

Tens of thousands of Kiwis are at risk of a potentially fatal “21st-century disease” from sitting at their desks for long periods each day, new research shows.

People who sit without moving for 10 hours a day – and for at least two hours without getting up – are three times more at risk of an embolism or deep vein thrombosis than those who do not, a study by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand suggests.

Read rest of this Dominion Post article by Amanda Fisher at http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/4310525/Sitting-too-long-at-work-can-be-fatal