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Television and Diabetes

A study from Harvard School of Public Health shows that the longer women watch television, the more likely they are to become obese and develop diabetes.

Lack of exercise is a strong risk factor for obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, some types of cancer, and diabetes. The Nurses' Health Study followed more than 50,000 women for six years, and 1,500 women became diabetic and those who watched the most television doubled their risk. Even light activity was associated with substantially lower risk.

People who are addicted to television should have an exercise bicycle or some other piece of exercise equipment in rooms that have television sets, and they should use the exercise machines whenever they watch television. In this study, women watched television from 0 to more than 40 hours a week and those who watched the most TV didn't have time to do anything else. See my report on Treatment of Insulin Resistance.

Television Watching and Other Sedentary Behaviors in Relation to Risk of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Women. Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD; Tricia Y. Li, MD; Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH; Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH; JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH JAMA. 2003 (April 9);289:1785-1791.

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May 19th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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