You’re Increasing Your Risk of Diabetes and Alzheimer’s With This 1 Horrible Habit

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You’re Increasing Your Risk of Diabetes and Alzheimer’s With This 1 Horrible Habit

You’ve heard itِ beforeِ — yourِ high-sugar diet isِ increasing yourِ risk ofِ diabetes, andِ allِ those loud concerts upِ your chances ofِ developing Alzheimer’s.
And that’s notِ to mention howِ your genetic makeup mayِ beِ working againstِ you.
There’s stillِ oneِ horrible habit mostِ of usِ letِ slide — andِ it couldِ beِ the oneِ that kills you.

Alzheimer’s and diabetes are inflammatory diseases

So, whatِ doِ Alzheimer’s andِ diabetes haveِ in common.
They’re bothِ diseases thatِ canِ result fromِ chronic inflammation.
Your bad diet andِ poor exercise routine canِ contribute toِ inflammation, butِ so canِ the followingِ habit youِ needِ to stop asap.

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Binge-watching TV is killing you

According toِ researchers fromِ the Baker Heart andِ Diabetes Institute, there’s a crucial (and deadly) link betweenِ binge-watching yourِ favorite show andِ the development ofِ chronic inflammatory disease.
The researchers surveyed 8,900 adults andِ found “every extra hour perِ day spent watching television led toِ a 12% higher risk ofِ death linked toِ inflammation … ” So, who’s watching theِ mostِ TV.
Older folks, current andِ ex-smokers, thoseِ with lowerِ household incomes, andِ those whoِ haveِ a lowerِ quality diet areِ the mostِ likelyِ to binge-watch.

If you get colon cancer, watching TV may decrease your survival rate, too

Here’s somethingِ scary toِ considerِ — yourِ bad TV habit mayِ decrease yourِ chances ofِ surviving colon cancer.
A study fromِ the Journal ofِ Clinical Oncology foundِ those whoِ spent a decent chunk ofِ their time inِ front ofِ the television beforeِ andِ afterِ their cancer diagnosis wereِ moreِ likelyِ to die fromِ it.
The good news isِ the sameِ study foundِ those whoِ participated inِ light leisurely activity forِ aroundِ seven hours a week afterِ diagnosis lowered theirِ risk ofِ death byِ 31%.

It can also raise your blood pressure

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Not onlyِ isِ your television hurting yourِ brain andِ insulin levels, butِ it’s alsoِ harming yourِ heart.
ScienceDaily cites a study thatِ foundِ children whoِ spend moreِ than twoِ hours a day inِ front ofِ the TV orِ computer increase theirِ odds ofِ developing high blood pressure byِ 30%.
And matters getِ evenِ worse ifِ they’re notِ exercising atِ all, asِ getting lessِ than anِ hour ofِ physical activity daily increased theِ risk toِ 50%.

And your sleep may suffer, too

Think falling asleep toِ theِ TV isِ the bestِ way toِ drift offِ intoِ dreamland.
The light fromِ the screen actuallyِ sends a signal toِ your brain thatِ it’s notِ bedtime, thusِ totally screwing upِ your sleep cycle.
You’ll probablyِ endِ up staying upِ way laterِ than youِ initially intended, orِ you won’t beِ entering REM sleep, whichِ isِ the mostِ restorative.

The good news: Sitting isn’t exactly the problem

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If youِ work atِ a desk allِ day, yourِ health-conscious friends haveِ probably beenِ on yourِ case aboutِ how bad yourِ sedentary job isِ forِ you.
It turns out, however, thatِ notِ allِ sitting isِ created equal.
This isِ probably becauseِ many people whoِ work atِ a desk areِ at a higher socioeconomic position, thusِ theyِ haveِ the money toِ eat healthier andِ hit theِ gym.

Here’s what you can do to save your health

When itِ comesِ to theِ development ofِ inflammatory disease, thereِ areِ tons ofِ ways toِ decrease yourِ risk.
We’ll start withِ theِ obvious byِ suggesting atِ least 60 minutes ofِ light physical activity a day canِ help combat theِ negative effects ofِ TV.
And yourِ love ofِ sugary foods isِ alsoِ making matters worse, especiallyِ when itِ comesِ to diabetes.

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