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Binge-watching TV is injurious to health, puts you at greater risk of blood clots

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Spending too much time in front of the television could increase your chance of developing fatal blood clots, a study has warned. Prolonged sitting can, in some cases, lead to blood clots because the normal circulation of blood through the legs and feet is impaired, said researchers from the University of Minnesota in the US. Previous research said that watching TV for 5 hours daily could cut sperm count by 35%.

“Results suggest that even individuals who regularly engage in physical activity should not ignore the potential harms of prolonged sedentary behaviour, such as TV viewing,” said Yasuhiko Kubota from the University of Minnesota.

“Avoiding frequent TV viewing, increasing physical activity, and controlling body weight might be beneficial to prevent VTE,” Kubota said. The study, published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, focussed on the risk of developing a common and potentially fatal blood clot in the vein called venous thromboembolism (VTE).