This Study Will Make You Reconsider Your Netflix Habits

This Study Will Make You Reconsider Your Netflix Habits

Are you often binge-watching TV shows? Then, according to a recent study, you’re at a higher risk of developing a blood clot.

It’s a well-known fact that sedentary lifestyle is the culprit for many dangerous health conditions, ranging from cardiovascular diseases to diabetes. But are there any particular couch potato habits we could point our finger at? People behind the study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis seem to thinks so: their research was focused on prolonged television watching and its influence on the development of blood clots, or, to give it its clinical name, venous thromboembolism (VTE). The findings indicate that, in comparison to people who rarely watch television, participants who spend a lot of time glued to their TV screens had 1.7 times risk of developing clots.

Venous thromboembolism is a blood clot that develops in a vein, as the name suggests, and in most cases, it starts in a leg. The clot than travels, frequently lodging in the patient’s lungs and blocks their blood supply. Often, this condition leads to a fatal outcome.

Over a period of 24 years, a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota analyzed 15,158 adults aged 45 to 64 years old. Their goal was to see if there is a connection between TV viewing habits of Westerners, as they seemed to suffer from venous thromboembolism much more than their peers in Asia. Dr. Yasuhiko Kubota, the leading researcher of the study, is convinced that hours of sitting in front of the television is what’s to blame for the condition that affects about 300,000 to 600,000 Americans each year.

Even though this study has its limitations, I think it’s safe to say that inactive lifestyle, often manifested through frequent binge-watching and prolonged television watching (among other things) probably plays a vital role in the development of blood clots. Ultimately, physical activity is one of the foundations for a healthy body and mind and overindulging in Netflix and chill (the non-ambiguous kind) might ultimately affect your well-being.

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