/ 26 May 2022

Turning off the tube for heart health

Image source: Unsplash
Image source: Unsplash

Sorry couch potatoes – a new study has found 11% of cases of heart disease could be prevented if people cut their TV time to less than an hour a day. Previous studies have identified an association between watching the box and the buildup of cholesterol and glucose in the body, and University of Hong Kong researchers say that could increase the risk of developing heart disease. After analysing the data of 373,026 UK Biobank participants aged 40-69yo – and considering factors including genetics, age, weight, diet and physical activity – researchers found those who watched an hour or less a day of TV had a 16% lower risk of developing the disease compared to those who watched 4 or more hours a day. The trend held up across all ages and genetic risk of disease, and it doesn’t seem to apply to those in front of a screen at a desk all day because they aren’t eating/drinking like many do while relaxing with a show. There goes our retirement plan… 

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