Health & Fitness A study has revealed one possible effect binge-watching TV has on your health

17:41  14 november  2017
17:41  14 november  2017 Source:   Netdoctor (UK)

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Binge - watching has become a very popular activity. Unfortunately, a British study has revealed that binge - watching has led 10 million participants to missing sleep. That is, people are so into the shows they’re

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New research has shown that sitting in front of the TV for too long can increase the risk of potentially fatal blood clots by up to 70% – findings that might make you think twice before watching all the episodes of Stranger Things in one go. 

The science

Scientists in the US looked at the data of more than 15,000 middle-aged people who were taking part in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. It was found that the risk of developing a venous thromboembolism – a vein condition that usually affects the legs, arms and/or pelvis, and can also cause clots in the lungs – for the first time was: 

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  • 1.7 times higher in those who reported watching TV "very often", compared to those who watched TV "never or seldom."
  • 1.8 times higher in participants who met the recommended guidelines for physical acticvity and reported watching TV "very often", compared to those who watched TV "never or seldom."
  • Increased with more TV viewing both for life-threatening clots in the extremities and those in the lungs; and while obesity was more common in people who watched more TV.

a woman sitting at a table in front of a window © Provided by National magazine company ltd (Hearst UK) Study co-author and Professor Mary Cushman, of Vermont University, said:

"Watching TV itself isn't likely bad, but we tend to snack and sit still for prolonged periods while watching."

She added:

"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. Or you can delay watching TV by 30 minutes while you take a walk. If you must see your favourite show, tape it while you are out walking so you can watch it later, skipping the ads."

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Netflix alone has 40 million U.S. subscribers, of whom 61 percent report binge - watching TV shows at least once a month, according to published data from Netflix. The subjects were between 50 and 71 years old, and they were healthy at the start of the study .

It’s probably no surprise to you that binge - watching has been linked to having a negative effect on the amount and quality of sleep we get. Although only a few studies up to this point have focused specifically on the relationship between binge - watching and shut-eye

The reason watching a lot of TV increases the risk of clot it because we don't move our legs while we do it, which slows blood flow to the point of clotting. The clots in question then travel to the lungs where they can turn into blockages known as pulmonary embolisms, which in turn can cause death by cutting off oxygen and blood supply. Prof Cushman warned:

"If you are at heightened risk of venous thromboembolism due to a recent operation, pregnancy or recent delivery, cancer or a previous clot, your doctor may prescribe blood-thinning medication or advise you to wear compression stockings."

Each year, around 25,000 Brits die from the condition. Although the findings need further study and the research has its limitations, previous research has shown that 22 minutes of exercise a day offsets couch potato behaviour. So, if you're thinking of spending a day in front of the telly, why not break it up with a brisk walk?

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A study done at the University of Texas at Austin has linked binge - watching television and depression. These results point towards the importance of understanding the possible damage that obsessive behaviors can have on overall and mental health .

Binge - watching is bad for you. Gobs of studies have linked TV — or "excessive" TV — to things like diabetes, blood clots, and lower sperm counts. Healthy people can watch TV and remain healthy — especially if they practice some of these 11 tips.

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