Saturday, 18 November 2017 | 19:21 WIB

Watching TV for Too Long Can Increase Risk of Blood Clots

Watching TV for Too Long Can Increase Risk of Blood Clots (huffingtonpost)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - If you have a habit of sitting for long while watching television every day, be careful because you may be at twice the risk of developing blood clots or condensed blood.

The findings suggest that the risk of blood clots in the leg, arm, hip and lung vessels, known as venous thromboembolism or VTE, increases with the amount of time spent watching television even if people get the recommended amount of physical activity.

"Watching TV itself is not bad, but the bad thing is we tend to snack and sit still for long while watching," says Mary Cushman, Professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington. For this study, the study team studied 15,158 middle age participants (45-64 years).

Those who watched TV "very often" had a 1.7 times higher risk of developing blood clots than those who watched TV "never or rarely". People, who met with recommended guidelines for physical activity and reported that watching TV "very often," had 1.8 times higher risk than those who reported watching TV "never or rarely".

"Think how you can make the most of your time to live a more rewarding and healthier life.You can install a stationary treadmill or bike in front of your TV and move while watching," said Cushman, quoted by The Indian Express website Tuesday / 11/2017).

The results were presented at the American Scientific Sessions 2017 in California. Previous research has been linked to prolonged TV exposure to heart disease involving blocked arteries. Although venous thromboembolism is more common in people aged 60 and older, it can occur at any age.

In addition to avoiding prolonged TV viewing, one can also reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism by maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active, the researchers suggest.