TV May Increase Risk of Diabetes Development for People With Pre-diabetes

tvIf you are at risk of developing diabetes, watching more TV could increase your risk according to a new study. For every hour that a person with pre-diabetes spends watching TV increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 3.4 percent. This study was published to the April 1 journal Diabetologia.


The study, lead by Andrea Kriska, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, was unable to prove an exact cause and effect relationship etween diabetes risk and watching TV. However, the increased risk was present regardless of whether the people with pre-diabetes were taking diabetes drugs or not. However, in contact if the person was making an effort to implement more exercise and healthy eating, it was discovered that they watched less TV over time.


In all, the people who underwent lifestyle changes as a part of the Diabetes Prevention Program were able to lower the amount of time spent watching TV by 22 minutes per day over the study period. People taking metformin were able to reduce TV time by only 3 minutes per day and those who decided not to follow any plan watched 8 minutes less of TV per day.


In addition, watching TV can lead to overeating which can impact the person’s metabolism. Both of these scenarios can result in obesity, which is a major risk factor for diabetes. Researchers comfirmed that the increased risk probably does not apply to individuals that are healthy but are at high risk of developing diabetes.

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