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You Can Die From Too Much TV

Moms, we're totally right to tell kids to turn off the TV. A new study found that too much TV doubles viewers' risk for pulmonary embolism (deadly blood clots to the lungs).

Japanese researchers presented their findings at the European Society of Cardiology conference in London. They warned that binge-watching a seasons' worth of TV shows on streaming services like Netflix is as harmful as the risk to heart and lungs on long-haul flights, where passengers are encouraged to periodically stand up and move around.

The study out of Osaka University included 86,000 people over 18 years. Culling through the data, they found that people who watch television for more than five hours a day more than double the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism. The risk is even higher for adults 40 to 59.

While the study is great for parents to know regarding their kids, it's actually grandparents who are at a greater risk for health problems. Retirees watch more hours of TV than any other age group—an average of 5 hours and 40 minutes per day.

Symptoms of an embolism are:

  • Chest pain – a sharp, stabbing pain that may be worse when you breathe in
  • Shortness of breath – this can come on suddenly or develop gradually
  • Coughing – this is usually dry, but may include coughing up blood or mucus that contains blood
  • Feeling faint, dizzy or passing out

Photograph by: Twenty20

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