Watch­ing TV for too long may dou­ble

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Re­searchers sug­gest mov­ing around, in­stead of be­ing glued to the TV be­cause, apart from cre­at­ing blood clots, sit­ting for long hours also in­creases the risk of can­cer, heart dis­eases and di­a­betes

Do you have the habit of sit­ting glued to the idiot box ev­ery­day? Be­ware, you may be at nearly twice the risk of de­vel­op­ing blood clots, re­searchers warn.

The find­ings showed that risk of blood clots in the veins of the legs, arms, pelvis and lungs known as ve­nous throm­boem­bolism or VTE in­creases with the amount of time spent watch­ing tele­vi­sion even if peo­ple get the rec­om­mended amount of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

“Watch­ing TV it­self isn’t likely bad, but we tend to snack and sit still for pro­longed pe­ri­ods while watch­ing,” said Mary Cush­man, Pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Ver­mont in Burling­ton.

For the study, the team ex­am­ined 15,158 mid­dle-aged (45-64 years) par­tic­i­pants. Those who watched TV “very of­ten” were at 1.7 times higher risk of de­vel­op­ing blood clots com­pared with those who watch TV “never or sel­dom”.

The peo­ple, who met rec­om­mended guide­lines for phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and re­ported watch­ing TV “very of­ten”, had 1.8 times higher risk com­pared to those who re­ported watch­ing TV “never or sel­dom”.

“Think about how you can make the best use of your time to live a fuller and health­ier life. You could put a tread­mill or sta­tion­ary bike in front of your TV and move while watch­ing,” Cush­man said.

The re­sults were pre­sented at the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion’s Sci­en­tific Ses­sions 2017 in Cal­i­for­nia.

Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have as­so­ci­ated pro­longed TV view­ing with heart dis­ease in­volv­ing blocked ar­ter­ies.

Al­though ve­nous throm­boem­bolism is more com­mon in peo­ple 60 and older, it can oc­cur at any age.

Be­sides avoid­ing pro­longed TV watch­ing, one can also lower the risk of ve­nous throm­boem­bolism by main­tain­ing a healthy weight and stay­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive, the re­searchers sug­gested.

But that’s not the end of the prob­lems. There are var­i­ous other is­sues that you will keep on en­coun­ter­ing later in life. Sit­ting for long hours in front of tele­vi­sion not only de­velop blood clots but also in­creases the risk of can­cer, heart dis­eases and di­a­betes.

Re­searchers at the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health, took into ac­count pub­lished sci­en­tific stud­ies dat­ing from 1970 all the way to 2011 and found that col­lec­tively, the data from those stud­ies re­veal a clear cor­re­la­tion be­tween more than two hours of TV view­ing time and risk fac­tors for type 2 di­a­betes, as well as car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. The risk of heart dis­ease in­creased by 15 per­cent. For di­a­betes, the risk in­creased by 20 per­cent for peo­ple that watched TV more than two hours a day.

Yet an­other study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Ap­plied Phys­i­ol­ogy in 2011 re­vealed that when peo­ple lower their ac­tiv­ity from over 10,000 steps a day to less than 5,000 steps a day, phys­i­cal changes in the body di­rectly in­crease that per­son’s risk to death due to var­i­ous dis­eases.

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