One of the unhealthiest habits nowadays turns out to be a lot more harmful than we thought. People are advised to be active most of the time and spend less time watching television. It seems that spending a lot of time in front of the TV can double their chances of developing blood clots, even if they are physically active during the day.
Watching television keeps people inactive for a long period of time
Sometimes, people might think it’s acceptable to spend a lot of time watching television if they reach the recommended levels of physical activity per day. However, doing this increases their risk of developing blood clots 1.8 times, while those who never watch TV or do it very rarely have a much smaller risk.
For the study, researchers selected 15,158 with ages between 45 and 64, and looked at the effects of prolonged TV-watching. Researchers explained that the act of watching television isn’t bad in itself. However, people often take snacks while doing it, and spend long periods of time without moving. This is precisely what accelerates their blood clot risk.
Being sedentary favorizes the blood clot risk
Afterwards, they looked for blood clots which formed in lungs, legs, arms, and pelvis. This condition is known as venous thromboembolism. Also, this risk was usually associated with obesity, which was more common among people who spend a lot of time watching television. However, in this case, obesity could account for only 25 percent of the blood clot cases.
Therefore, researchers warn people to make better use of their time. They can still watch TV, but keep themselves active by running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. Also, taping their favorite shows while going out for a quick walk can work just as fine. In case people have to spend a lot of time being sedentary, they are advised to tell their doctor. This way, they can the necessary medication, in case of a high blood clot risk.
These findings have been presented during a meeting of the American Heart Association.
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