Too Much Television Might Kill You!

Hours of inactivity required to watch a TV series can raise the risk of dying from a blood clot in the lungs. For every extra two hours of TV watching per day, the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism was increased by 40%, researchers found. Watching five or more hours to TV programmes each day made people more than twice as likely to die than those watching less than 2.5 hours. The danger is set to increase yet further as people binge watch even more on streaming services. 

The research has led scientists to warn that such habits - watching back-to-back episodes of a TV series - might be dangerous. A new study, conducted in Japan, looked at the TV watching habits of more than 86,000 people, studying them over time. Researchers followed people who were aged between 40 and 79 between 1988 and 1990, and then followed them through a 19-year period. 

Overall 59 deaths from pulmonary embolisms were recorded. This is a dangerous condition, which can be made worse by not moving around. It will often begin with a clot elsewhere in the body that can move towards the lungs, which clog up vessels leading to death. More than a quarter who suffer them without having treatment can die. Deaths are often very quick. 

The scientists looked to account for the various other factors that could complicate the results, including levels of obesity, diabetes, smoking, and high blood pressure. They found that the other primary marker of pulmonary embolism, after the number of hours spent watching TV, was obesity. 

So stand up and stretch, or maybe walk around whilst watching TV or tense and relax your leg muscles for a few minutes - it could be your life saver! 

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