[Warning!] How Watching TV Impacts Your Heart Disease Risk
You know that sitting too much is bad for your health.
Worse than that, it can kill you.
See, previous research has found that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of dying early.
And that’s bad enough.
But now, a new study has shown that watching TV while you’re sitting can take things from bad to worse.
We all need to find ways to relax and destress.
But watching TV isn’t the way to do it.
This study followed 500,000 people from 40-69 years old for 12 years. Although none of the participants had heart disease at the start of the study, the researchers determined their risk of developing coronary heart disease based on genetic risk.
As part of the study, the participants self-reported their TV and computer use.
The results were pretty scary for the average American.
Those who watch four or more hours of TV had the greatest risk.
Those who watch 2-3 hour per day had a six percent lower rate compared to the boob-tubers.
And those who watched less than an hour had a 16 percent lower rate.
But even those who watched just one hour of TV per day had an increased risk of developing heart disease regardless of their genetic risk factors.
This study didn’t look into why this connection was there, but I have a few ideas.
For starters, as I mentioned earlier, the more TV you’re watching, the less you’re moving. And sedentary lifestyles are known to increase the risk of disease and early death.
It could also be because people tend to watch more TV in the evenings after dinner, which could increase the levels of glucose and lipids in your bloodstream.
Planting yourself in front of the television in the evenings also increases your exposure to blue light, which wreaks havoc on your circadian rhythm, your hormones, and your metabolism.
This doesn’t mean you can’t watch TV.
But if you’ve found that it’s become your primary evening activity (or should I say “inactivity”), then it’s time for a change.
After dinner, go for a walk or visit a friend.
Even if you’re relaxing on your patio drinking your favorite wine, you’ll be getting plenty of health benefits, as opposed to the risks associated with the idiot box.
P.S. I recently wrote about how sitting too much, and watching TV in bed, could increase your risk of cancer. Click here to find out how.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
Earlier this week, I told you how to boost vitamin D levels with one of my favorite foods: eggs. In case you missed it, here’s the short version: If you can’t spend enough time outdoors to maintain adequate vitamin D, eating an egg a day can fill in the gap. Vitamin D has many benefits....
Big Pharma loves to take advantage of people with hypertension. According to the latest guidelines, about 1 in 3 Americans have hypertension (high blood pressure) … and an additional 1 in 3 has prehypertension. That’s over 100 million people who pay into the mainstream medical system for a condition that you don’t need drugs to...
With most diseases, prevention is best. And type 2 diabetes is no exception. Type 2 diabetics have a higher risk of major health problems—and a shorter life expectancy to go along with it. Naturally, your best bet is to avoid it altogether. But… what if you’ve already been diagnosed? Fortunately, researchers have identified a way...
I’m sure I sometimes sound like a broken record when it comes to promoting getting adequate sunlight. I’m okay with that. Because exposing yourself to sunlight is hands down one of the best things you can do for your health – so, I’m going to talk about it a lot. One reason sunlight is so...
Anxiety is a nasty weight to carry around. It can be crippling to those who experience it. The restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, overwhelming sense of worry, sleeplessness, and physical pain that occur can impact relationships, work, and everything in between. But what’s worse is that many of Big Pharma’s so-called solutions for anxiety can lead...
When it comes to COVID-19, symptoms can range from non-existent to life-threatening. The good news is which category you fall into doesn’t have to be decided by a coin toss. A recent study identified a drug-free technique that’s been proven to reduce the risk of hospitalization—and even death—from COVID-19. And it just so happens I’ve...
Living longer is about more than adding years to your life. It’s about living healthy and disease-free no matter your chronological age. Who wants to live to 90 if their memory has failed them, or to 100 if they’re strapped to an oxygen tank, and every breath is a struggle? No, for me, living longer...
It’s impossible to avoid cancer-causing chemicals these days. They’re found in everything from the food you eat, to the cosmetics you use, to the air you breathe. Now, an alarming study has spotted one of the most notorious cancer-causing chemicals in 80 percent of the urine samples tested. Fortunately, you can take steps to avoid...
Alzheimer’s disease is projected to skyrocket in the next few decades, and there’s currently no cure. That means the time to act is now. Many folks focus on diet—and there’s no doubt that this is an important component. But there’s a critical Alzheimer’s risk factor that tends to fly under the radar—and it has nothing...
We’re still in the height of summer… so you might not be thinking about ways to avoid colds, flu, and other sicknesses typically associated with winter. But bolstering your immune system never goes out of season. Fortunately, by including certain key foods in your everyday diet, you can benefit from a stronger immune system no...