Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Over weight Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (1)

Too Much TV Could Be Deadly


Jul 23, 2011

Too Many Hours Watching TV Can Increase Your Odds of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Spending too many hours watching TV can also substantially increase your odds of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease or dying early. That's the conclusion of a Harvard School of Public Health study that looked at the effects of heavy TV watching.

Americans log an average of five hours of daily TV viewing. The study found that the resulting sedentary inactivity, often combined with eating junk foods, creates a "perfect breeding ground" for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The study examined results from eight previous studies of TV watching that followed a total of 200,000 viewers over periods from seven to 10 years.  According to team leader Dr. Frank Hu, the statistics showed that for each two hours of TV people watch daily, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases by 20 percent. Their risk of developing heart disease increases by 15 percent, while their risk of dying prematurely increases by 13 percent.

Hu said that although the previous studies tried to filter out any viewers who had undiagnosed diseases, it is possible that some did-which would have influenced the findings. Even so, because TV watching involves no physical activity and is often accompanied by consumption of highly salted or sweet snacks, as well as alcoholic drinks, it can lead to weight gain, high blood sugar, and circulatory problems.

Aside from reducing TV viewing and substituting moderate exercise such as walking or bicycle riding, other approaches to cutting the risk from TV viewing include watching while on a treadmill or standing in place and moving. With pausing devices, it's also possible to stop a program partway through, take a quick exercise break, and then resume watching.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 


Categories: Alcohol,, Diabetes, Diabetes, Diabetic, Diagnosis, Diets, Exercise, Food, Heart Disease, Over weight, Type 2 Issues



You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments

Posted by vreggers on 26 July 2011

I officiated semi pro soccer for over 35 years, hardly watched TV, and was diagnosed with both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes anyway. I guess there is always an exception.


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.