Every TV Hour Raises the Risk of Diabetes: Study
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Every TV Hour Raises the Risk of Diabetes: Study

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 6 Apr 2015 - 13:06

 

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Every hour spent watching TV daily could contribute to 3.4% increase in the risk of diabetes, which clearly points out to yet another harmful aspect associated with a sedentary lifestyle, says new study findings.

For the study, the researchers took into consideration 3234 overweight individuals who had a goal of preventing Type 2 diabetes risk by either using metformin drugs, or by implementing lifestyle changes.

Previous studies have already revealed that lifestyle changes could successfully reduce the risk of diabetes and speed up weight loss as well.The researchers found that prior to the study, the all the subjects usually spent a similar amount of time watching TV (140 minutes per day).

The researchers, however, did not find if this intervention had any impact on the sedentary time spent by the study subjects. Earlier studies have revealed that it is too early to say if attempts made to improve physical activity could actually reduce sitting time, however, this new study has found that it actually did decrease self reported sitting time in the participants.

The researchers also examined the effects of sedentary behavior on the development of diabetes. However, during the study, the participants who were asked to make lifestyle changes had the greatest reduction in TV time. The researchers then attempted to look at how sedentary behavior influenced diabetes risk in the study group, and discovered that for every TV hour, there was 3.4% increase in the risk of this condition.

"These findings are particularly noteworthy because a decrease in sitting occurred despite the absence of programme goals aimed at reducing sitting," the researchers say.

 

Reference:

Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes

 

 

 

 

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