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Binge-watching TV is injurious to health, puts you at greater risk of blood clots

People who watch television often are at 1.7 times greater risk of suffering from blood clots compared to those who never or seldom watch TV.

health Updated: Feb 23, 2018 12:31 IST
Press Trust of India
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Avoiding frequent TV viewing, increasing physical activity, and controlling body weight might be beneficial to prevent clots. (Shutterstock)

Spending too much time in front of the television could increase your chance of developing fatal blood clots, a study has warned. Prolonged sitting can, in some cases, lead to blood clots because the normal circulation of blood through the legs and feet is impaired, said researchers from the University of Minnesota in the US. Previous research said that watching TV for 5 hours daily could cut sperm count by 35%.

“Results suggest that even individuals who regularly engage in physical activity should not ignore the potential harms of prolonged sedentary behaviour, such as TV viewing,” said Yasuhiko Kubota from the University of Minnesota.

“Avoiding frequent TV viewing, increasing physical activity, and controlling body weight might be beneficial to prevent VTE,” Kubota said. The study, published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, focussed on the risk of developing a common and potentially fatal blood clot in the vein called venous thromboembolism (VTE).

One type of VTE is known as deep vein thrombosis, where the blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs, the researchers said. Another serious problem is when VTE becomes dislodged and travels through the blood stream to block off another vein somewhere else in the body. If VTE ends up in the lungs, they cause blood clots in the lungs known as pulmonary embolism (PE).

The researchers analysed data of 15,158 people aged between 45 and 64. The participants were initially asked about their health status, whether they exercised or smoked, and whether they were overweight or not. The findings show that participants who watched television often had more than 1.7 times the risk of suffering from a VTE compared to those who never or seldom watched TV.

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First Published: Feb 23, 2018 12:31 IST