Binge-watching TV could increase your chance of developing a blood clot, according to a study by the University of Minnesota. As reported by Deadline, the study looked at 15,000 participants over a 24-year period.
Participants were divided into groups depending on how much they watched TV. The study found that those who watched TV “very often” had a 1.7 times higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis — blood clots in the leg or pulmonary embolisms that can be life-threatening.
According to the study, the clots can come from sitting for extended periods of time, so it’s not the TV itself that’s the problem but sitting while watching it.
According to the study, the damage of sitting for too long can’t be undone by exercise. The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Yasuhiko Kubota, advises that even active people should be aware of the risks: “Even individuals who regularly engage in physical activity should not ignore the potential harms of prolonged sedentary behaviors such as TV viewing.”
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