Diabetes Forecast

Limit TV Watching to Avoid Disability

By Matt McMillen , ,


Watch less TV now to avoid disability later. Researchers followed 134,269 adults whose average age was 61 and who had no chronic illnesses when the study began. After about eight years, 29 percent had a disability that prevented them from walking, and TV time may have been the biggest culprit. Participants who watched more than five hours of TV each day were 65 percent more likely to be disabled than those who limited TV to two hours or less. Excessive TV time even boosted disability risk among otherwise active people. TV watchers: To stay mobile, get up and move during commercials and find other ways to exercise throughout the day.
Source: The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Aug. 30, 2017

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