Watching 3.5 Hours of TV a Day Increases Risk of Dementia: Study

Watching too much television may increase the risk of dementia in older people, according to a new study.

Spending more than three-and-a-half hours per day glued to TV favorites doubled memory decline in over-50s, the research team from University College London, who followed more than 3,600 over-50s for six years, found.

They say that couch potatoes may be harmed by missing out on other brain-boosting activities, such as reading a newspaper.

Screen addicts saw their “verbal memory” decline by around 10 percent over the six year period, while participants watching less than 3.5 hours daily only saw a five percent reduction.

Experts concluded too much telly seemed to be fueling brain power loss.

Further, the study found that just passively observing the screen — without interacting — may also stress a pensioner’s mind.

Researcher Daisy Fancourt said the findings raise questions about television viewing as a dementia risk.

“Overall this suggests that adults over the age of 50 should try and ensure television viewing is balanced with other activities, such as reading a newspaper, listening to music or social interaction.”

Link:https://nypost.com/2019/02/28/watching-3-5-hours

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