Could there be a link between the amount of time you spend in front of the TV and a risk of developing lung cancer? While it’s known that sedentary lifestyles can lead to increased risks of heart disease and diabetes, there has been little evidence that long periods of inactivity could actually lead to increased cancer risks. A new Japanese study has indicated that the amount of time you spend in front of the TV could increase your risk of developing lung cancer.
The study, reported by Men’s Health found that “guys who watched more than 4 hours of TV a day had a 36 percent greater risk of developing lung cancer in a 15-year period than men who logged less than 2 hours daily.”
The article further states that “out of 23,000 men, only 598 – or 2.6 percent – were diagnosed with the disease. And of those men, 79 percent spent less than 2 hours in front of their TV sets, while 163 guys hit the 4-hour mark. (The rest watched 2 to less than 4 hours of TV time.)”
The statistics may seem minor, but it’s enough to reinforce the fact that sedentary lifestyles, or hours spent in front of the TV, can do serious damage to your health. A lack of physical activity can lead to increased risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and now, even cancer.
Thankfully, it’s easy to combat sedentary lifestyles–and it all begins with regular, daily exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything particularly intense, as even going for a quick 20 to 30 minute walk everyday can do wonders for your health. If you’re more of a social butterfly, try joining a local yoga or pilates class. Look for something that you find fun and enjoyable, and you’re going to be all the more likely to stick with it.
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