‘Glued' To Television and the Risk of Diabetes

How many hours do you see the TV a day? If the answer is a minimum of two hours then you should know that a higher risk of diabetes type 2 which is a cardiovascular disease and premature death. Given these findings, published in a magazine article Journal of the American Medical Association "(JAMA), experts recommend reducing the time of this activity and increase exercise.
A study reveals that Europeans spend 40% of their daily leisure time sitting in front of TV and the Australians has 50% ratio. This means that we spend about three or four hours 'glued' to the 'tele'.

In the United States after arrival to home most of users sit before the T.V five hours a day. Previous studies showed that this form of 'hanging out' was associated with lower levels of physical activity and poor diet (many fried foods, low intake of fruits and vegetables), both children and adults. However, "there was no review of all studies published so far," says Anders Grontved, principal author of this meta-analysis.

After evaluating eight investigations of the U.S., Europe and Australia conducted between 1970 and 2011, those responsible for the review of 'JAMA' of Southern Denmark and Harvard universities (Boston, USA), confirmed to do two hours a day increases Television the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and three times more likely related to sudden death. In addition, "for every additional two hours, the chances of having these three dangers increase by 20%, 15% and 13% respectively."

Translating these results to more concrete numbers of patients, for example in the U.S., researchers found that 100,000 people who watched TV two hours a day, 176 had diabetes and 38 had suffered from cardiovascular disease.

These data are "biologically credible and predictable. See a lot of television has always related to obesity, poor diet and low physical activity, risk factors fordiabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, other studies have linked similar situations such as working sitting with increased risk ofdiabetes, "says another of those responsible for the review, Frank Hu of Harvard University.

It appears, as his companion Grontved concludes that "a sedentary lifestyle, especially seeing a lot of television, is a major risk factor fordiabetes and cardiovascular disease, but it should be underlined that is modifiable, "and they show some jobs.

One of them was conducted with 70 children with a Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than normal, which create obesity. "After reducing the time devoted to television and the computer in half, two years had experienced a significant reduction in BMI [i.e., a decrease in weight]," says Grotved, adding that it would be necessary to develop Further studies in this regard.

by Nouman Umar
(ArticlesBase SC #4910359)

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