We keep on telling kids to reduce their television watching durations, but what if our adults beyond the age of 60 do so? In a recent Australian study conducted at the University of Queensland, it has been found that these days a large number of elderly people watch television for more than four hours and this has elevated their risk of suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
Even the younger adults don't watch television for more than three hours. For conducting this study, the researchers surveyed 2,000 elderly Australians and then came to this finding. Every one hour extra spent in front of television increases the risk of developing metabolic diseases in such individuals.
According to study leader Dr. Paul Gardiner from the university's School of Population Health, till now several studies have been performed to focus on the amount of television young and adult children watched but this is for the first time that such a study has been conducted over the elderly. The reason behind this is that a growing number of elderly suffering from Type 2 diabetes is coming into notice.
Dr. Gardiner also said that if watching television is accompanied by light activity like folding clothes or something else like this, then it could reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome in elders. This syndrome is an indication of causing a slew of cardiovascular diseases, which later result into Type 2 diabetes.
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