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Watching TV is linked to dementia risk, while the computer can guard against it

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TV Is Linked To Dementia Risk As Research Suggests Box Watching May Increase Your Chances Of The Disease… But Computer Use May Help Protect You From It

  • Researchers analyzed 150,000 people in the UK aged 60+ over the age of 12
  • Those who developed dementia watched three hours and 24 minutes of TV a day
  • While those who didn’t sit in front of the computer six more minutes a day
  • Data is documented in the journal Proceedings of the Journal of the National Academy of Sciences

Watching TV increases the risk of dementia, but using a computer may help protect you from it, a study suggests.

Researchers analyzed 12 years of data on 150,000 people in the UK aged 60 or over.

Those who developed dementia watched TV for three hours and 24 minutes a day.

The ones who didn’t watch for three hours – but spent six minutes more a day in front of the computer.

Watching TV increases the risk of dementia, but using a computer may help protect you from it, a study suggests. Image: file image

Professor David Raichlen of the University of Southern California wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: ‘Compared to less than two hours, four hours of TV was associated with a 20 percent increased risk of dementia.

“Compared to no computer use, an hour was associated with a 25 percent decrease.”

The study authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: “Sedentary behavior, such as watching television or using a computer, takes up a large proportion of adults’ leisure time and is linked to an increased risk of chronic disease. diseases and mortality.

Those who developed dementia watched TV for three hours and 24 minutes a day.  Image: file image

Those who developed dementia watched TV for three hours and 24 minutes a day. Image: file image

‘We investigated whether sedentary behavior is associated with all-cause dementia, regardless of physical activity.

‘Our results help clarify the associations of sedentary behavior with brain health and suggest that it is not so much the time spent sedentary, but the kind of context… that is associated with dementia risk.

‘Reducing cognitively passive TV viewing and increasing more cognitively active sedentary behavior are promising targets for reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.’

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