If you’ve ever spent hours binge watching TV shows such as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones or House of Cards, you need to read this….
We have often been told that watching too much television is bad for us but the recent revelation that it may kill you has come as something of a shock.
A recent study suggests that hours of inactivity can increase your risk of blood clots on the lungs.
For every two hours that you watch TV, the risk of a fatal embolism is increased by 40%. If you watch five or more hours of TV a day you are twice as likely to die as if you watch less than 2.5 hours.
The study was conducted in Japan and monitored 86,000 people aged between 40 and 79 between 1988 and 1990 and followed them through a 19 year period. 59 deaths from pulmonary embolisms were recorded with deaths often being sudden. It appears that the number of deaths is lower in Japan than in the West but increasingly sedentary lifestyles are raising the risk.
The scientists looked at other factors that could complicate results including diabetes, obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. The other primary marker for pulmonary embolism after the number of hours watching TV was obesity. The risks were thought to be similar to those experienced from long haul flights.
The advice from researchers on how to reduce the risk was “After an hour or so, stand up, stretch, walk around, or while you’re watching TV, tense and relax your leg muscles for five minutes”.
Researchers believe that more work needs to be done to establish the risk posed by technologies such as mobile computers and unlimited streaming as initial research suggest that these could pose an even greater risk.