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Watching too much TV may lead to early death: study

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In a warning to all the couch potatoes, a recent study by Harvard has revealed a higher risk for people with excessive television habits of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature death.

More than two hours of TV viewing per day increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and more than three hours of daily viewing increased risk of premature death, according to the study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers.

For additional two hours of viewing per day, the risk of type 2 diabetes increased by 20 percent, that of cardiovascular disease by 15 percent and premature death by 13 percent.

"The message is simple. Cutting back on TV watching can significantly reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and premature mortality," senior author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH said. (PNA/PTI)




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