A new study claims that breaking the habit of double vision can save thousands of people from heart disease. It is conducted by the University of Cambridge where researchers have studied data for more than 13 years.
In a peer-reviewed study, researchers suggested reducing the time spent watching television daily to less than an hour.
They say those who watch TV for a long time are 16 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease. It occurs when fatty substances build up inside the coronary arteries, causing them to narrow and reduce the blood supply to the heart.
“Reducing TV viewing should be recognized as a major behavioral goal for coronary heart disease prevention, regardless of genetic susceptibility and traditional risk identifiers,” said study author Dr. Youngwan Kim. Guardian.
It was published in the journal BMC Medicine, where researchers said they used data from 373,026 white British people aged 40-69 who were part of a UK biobank study.
None of the study participants had coronary heart disease or stroke. Analyzing the data, Cambridge researchers say the more TV viewing, the higher the risk of coronary heart disease.
They also say that if people can’t break their screen addiction, they should go for episodes (or exercise) to break their passive periods.
Also, such people should avoid snacks like crisps and chocolate, the researchers said.
A few years ago, the United States Government’s National Library of Medicine published an observational study that stated that sedentary behavior (especially watching television) was thought to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
The most common symptoms of coronary heart disease are chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath. It also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.