Two hours daily TV could increase heart risk – Study

Watching TV could increase your risk of developing or dying from heart and circulatory disease, a new research has revealed.

The research, which looked at the results of previous studies, found that for every two hours of TV watched a day there was increased risk of an extra 38 people in every 100,000 in America dying from heart and circulatory disease.

Maureen Talbot, British Heart Foundation senior cardiac nurse, said: “This study adds yet more strength to existing evidence that sedentary activities, such as watching TV, could increase our risk of getting type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease.”

Observing that we all have unintentionally lost evenings slumped on the sofa in front of the TV snacking on crisps and biscuits and drinking sugary drinks or alcohol, Talbot said it’s important that this doesn’t become a regular activity.

“We should try to be selective in how much time we spend watching the TV, and try to be more physically active instead. We need 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week to keep our hearts healthy, so why not take a walk after work, join a sports team or even just get out for a bit of gardening in the evenings. It’s bound to be a lot more rewarding than staring at the box.”

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.