Watching TV and Prolonged Sitting Linked to Higher Risk of Blood Clots

A recent study showed that “the more time you spend watching television, the greater your risk may be for blood clots–even if you get plenty of exercise”. Researchers tracked 15,000 middle aged people over 20 years and asked about their TV watching habits. “People who watched TV ‘very often’ were 71% more likely to have developed a blood clot, compared to those who ‘never or seldom’ watched.” Leg muscles work to keep blood moving back to the heart from the veins, and legs are usually immobile during prolonged sitting while watching TV–so the blood is in a “slow flow state”, increasing the risk of developing blood clots. Read more about it here.

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