Too much TV Can Give Men Blood Clots
Can you sit in front of the TV for hours thanks to Netflix auto play?
Does the anxiety inducing news keep you glued to your couch?
Maybe you’re an avid sports fan.
In any case, if you find yourself sitting in front of a screen without regular breaks, you’re significantly more at one of nature’s deadliest killers…
Basically, when you’re sitting there for so long, the blood flow to your legs slows down.
The blood then pools at your calf muscles, creating the perfect scenario for clotting.
If you’ve never had a blood clot, they’re no joke.
The best way to describe it is your blood condensing into a gel-like substance, usually in your leg.
Here are some common symptoms of a blood clot:
• Intense throbbing or cramping pain
• Redness and warmth
• Sudden breathlessness
• Sharp pain in chest when inhaling
• Coughing blood
And the symptoms will be persistent. No amount of stretching, massaging, or ice will give you the relief you’re looking for.
Worst of all, blood clots can be fatal. About 100,000 people die every year because of them.
So, back to TV watching:
The European Society of Cardiology analyzed 131,421 TV watchers, and concluded that prolonged TV watchers were 35% more likely to develop blood clots.
This was the case no matter what age or BMI too.
And get this:
It didn’t even matter how active they were outside of their TV watching. Anyone who watched TV without taking breaks were vulnerable.
I don’t know about you, but next time I find myself on the couch with the game on, I’ll be getting up for a stretch or a glass of water during the commercial breaks.
And of course, I’d suggest you do the same.
Better yet, why not step away from the TV now and then?
There’s a world out there that needs men to live out their calling.