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TV in Your Teens Raises Middle-Age Metabolic Risks

Posted Feb 17 2013 10:07pm
Posted on Feb. 14, 2013, 6 a.m. in Metabolic Syndrome Lifestyle

Characterized by central obesity, hypertension, and adverse glucose and insulin metabolism, Metabolic Syndrome is a condition associated with increased risk of type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Previous studies have demonstrated that a lack of physical activity increases the risk of metabolic syndrome. It is also known that low leisure-time physical activity, for example, how much time spent watching TV is linked to the risk of metabolic syndrome independent of exercise habits.  Patrik Wennberg , from Umea University (Sweden), studied 888 subjects in northern Sweden who had been followed from 1981 when they were in ninth grade in elementary school, until 2008.  The researchers found that these lifestyle relationships persist over a large part of life, specifically between 16 to 43 years of age. Observing that: “Both TV viewing and low leisure-time physical activity in adolescence independently predicted the metabolic syndrome and several of the metabolic syndrome components in mid-adulthood,” the study authors submit that: “These findings suggest that reduced TV viewing in adolescence, in addition to regular physical activity, may contribute to cardiometabolic health later in life.”

Patrik Wennberg, Per E. Gustafsson, David W. Dunstan, Maria Wennberg, Anne Hammarstrom. “Television Viewing and Low Leisure-Time Physical Activity in Adolescence Independently Predict the Metabolic Syndrome in Mid-Adulthood.”  Diabetes Care, January 22, 2013.

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Older women living in neighborhoods in which they have access to facilities like parks, trails, or shops have considerably higher levels of activity that those who live outside 20 minutes walking distance of such locations.

Researchers from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pennsylvania, USA) found that women who lived within a department, discount, or hardware store averaged 6,808 steps a day, versus 5,015 steps who did not live near such stores.

Whenever possible, opt to walk to your local market or appointment; or, park centrally to your errand locations and walk between each.
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