Spending many hours in front of the TV may increase the risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs.
Bad news for binge watchers: spending many hours in front of the TV may increase the risk of a blood clot in the lungs and may eventually lead to death, new research finds.
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Watching your favorite TV show for several hours can be great fun, but this excessive viewing has a negative effect on your body and overall health. According to the latest study, those who watch television five or more hours a day have twice as much risk of dying from a blood clot in the lung compared to those who watch less TV each day.
A blood clot in the lung, medically known as pulmonary embolism, typically starts with a blot clot in the leg or pelvis as a result of prolonged inactivity and slow blood flow. This clot has a tendency to break away and move into the lung, where it becomes even more dangerous and may lead to premature death.
Japanese researchers carried out research from 1988 to 1990 in which more than 86,000 people had participated. Participants were asked how many hours they spent watching television a day alongside other factors like physical activity, weight or health history. Then, they were followed for 19 years and during that time, 59 participants died of a pulmonary embolism.
Researchers found that people who watch television for five or more hours a day have a twofold increased risk of dying from lung blood clot than those who watch TV less 2.5 hours a day. The risk increased even more as they continue to spend more hours in front of TV.
“Nowadays, with online video streaming, the term 'binge-watching' to describe viewing multiple episodes of television programs in one sitting has become popular.” Lead author Toru Shirakawa from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine said.
The conclusion was drawn after considering other several factors like diabetes, obesity or cigarette smoking that might have an influence on the outcome. The findings of the study appear more relevant to American than people in Japan. According to studies, U.S adults spend a lot of time watching TV and it may emerge as a leading cause of death in the United States because blood clot related deaths are difficult to identify. Though researchers are unable to find a direct link between excessive TV watching and blood clot related deaths, it reflects some sort of connection between the two. The risk of developing blood clotting in lung can be reduced with some simple steps.
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Co-author Hiroyasu Iso urges people to stand, stretch and flex your leg muscles after an hour or so or between episodes while watching your favorite TV show. Drinking a lot of water and shedding excessive weight may also help reduced the risk of dying from lung blood clot.