On the off chance that you are a couch potato who spends significant time watching TV every day, you may be at a higher risk of suffering from coronary heart disease. As per a new study, very nearly 11% of cases of coronary heart disease could be prevented on the off chance that individuals diminished the duration of watching TV to under an hour daily.
“Reducing time spent watching TV should be recognised as a key behavioural target for prevention of coronary heart disease, irrespective of genetic susceptibility and traditional risk markers,” Dr Youngwon Kim, an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong and an author of the research, told.
Kim and his team didn’t note what was behind the association, yet he said that previous studies had found a relationship between excess TV viewing duration with adverse levels of glucose and cholesterol in the body.
“Unfavourable levels of these cardiometabolic risk markers may then lead to increased risk of developing coronary heart disease,” he further said.
The researchers used information from 373,026 British individuals matured somewhere in the range of 40 and 69 who were part of the UK Biobank. No member had coronary heart disease when they were enlisted to the biobank. The scientists studied the national death registry and hospital admission records and tracked down 9,185 cases of coronary disease in the members.
The study proposed that the higher the amount of TV watched, the higher the risk of developing coronary heart disease. The team proposed so in the wake of considering the generic risk of coronary heart disease for every member and including a few different factors, for example, age, gender, smoking habits, diet, body mass index and physical activity.
The review noticed that individuals who watched TV for an hour or less a day had 16% less risk of developing coronary heart disease than the people who watched for at least four hours. What’s more, the people who watched TV for two to three hours every day, the risk was 6% lower.
The specialists found no connection between the risk of coronary heart disease and leisure-time computer use.