Couch potatoes at risk for deadly blood clots

A few years ago, the risk of getting a blood clot while traveling was all over the headlines.

And that made total sense – especially if you’ve ever been crammed in a flying metal tube along with 180 strangers, trapped in a seat with no legroom.

It’s so hard to move around in there, you might even try to “hold it” for hours just so you don’t have to climb over everybody to get to the toilet.

But, of course, that’s exactly when a blood clot can hit.

And now, new research shows that this risk isn’t only when you’re stuck at cruising altitude for long periods of time.

In fact, dangerous blood clots can form while you’re sitting right in your own living room… simply watching TV.

Now, I’m not talking about an hour-long show here and there. What really puts you at risk is watching too much TV – because every hour you spend “binge-watching” a favourite show boosts your risk of a dangerous or even deadly blood clot.

The study out of Japan followed about 100,000 people for nearly 20 years. After ruling out other risk factors for clots like smoking, drinking, and obesity, researchers honed in on the relationship between watching hours of TV and deadly blood clots.

And the data is there, research showed that watching about five hours of TV a day, doubled the risk of a a clot that travels to the lung (a.k.a. a “pulmonary embolism”), compared to those who watch a more reasonable amount of programming.

Even worse, if you’re sitting on the couch in front of the TV for that long, your risk of DYING from a pulmonary embolism is 250 per cent greater than those who watch less TV.

Plus, for every additional two hours you spend in front of TV, your risk goes up another 40 per cent.

These clots are especially dangerous because you often have no idea they’re there – until it breaks loose and travels to your lungs.

At that point, the best case scenario is that it causes permanent damage. And the worst? It’ll kill you.

Along with increasing your risk of blood clots, being sedentary for hours at a time can also slow your metabolism – potentially leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

Five hours of TV might sound like a lot, but do you really know how much you’re watching on any given day?

This doesn’t mean you have to sell all of your TVs and abandon your favourite show mid-season. But you should be selective about where you spend your time.

If you simply cannot miss the season premiere or series finale of your favourite show, try watching it while you’re doing something else – like standing in the kitchen preparing dinner, walking on a treadmill, or even folding laundry.

Because the advice to prevent a couch potato clot is as simple as when you’re on a long flight: Get up and get moving at least once an hour.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Blood clot deaths tied to hours of daily TV time, reuters.com/article/us-health-tvwatching-pulmonary-embolism-idUSKCN10623W

Reversing Effects Of Sedentary Lifestyle: 1 Hour Of Daily Exercise May Keep You Healthy, medicaldaily.com/sedentary-lifestyle-desk-job-exercise-plan-393080

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  1. Seriously? This is common sense. If people can’t figure out that living a sedentary life will eventually kill them, then we don’t have much hope.

  2. I’ve been saying this to my husband for year. But he comes from a lazy family so it’s difficult to get him to do anything once he sits himself down in front of the tv.

  3. I just hate exercise so much… maybe this will change once I get into it. Goodness knows I don’t want to die of a heart attack.

  4. That’s why I go for a short walk every 30 minutes while I’m in the office. I hate sitting at my desk as it is… desk potato?

  5. It’s no wonder more and more younger people are suffering with disease like heart disease and obesity – they are all too inactive!

  6. Not rocket science really. If you spend too much time being lazy, you’ll get fat and unhealthy. It’s bound to affect your heart health and circulation.

  7. This is a no-trainer and of course the same goes for people who sit in offices all day long and never get any exercise.

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