Watching TV for 3 hours daily may up diabetes risk in kids

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Watching TV for 3 hours daily may up diabetes risk in kids

"This is particularly relevant, given rising levels of type 2 diabetes, the early emergence of type 2 diabetes risk and recent trends suggesting that screen-time-related activities are increasing in childhood and may pattern screen-related behaviours in later life".

The study warns that, children who spend more than three hours staring at smartphone, computer or TV screens have a raised risk of type-2 diabetes.

The latest study looked at the effect of screen usage on 4,500 nine- to 10-year-olds in London, Birmingham and Leicester between 2004 and 2007.

Blood fats, insulin resistance, fasting blood glucose levels, inflammatory chemicals, blood pressure and body fat are included in these.

The children were also asked how long they spent in front of televisions, computers and games consoles.

It also showed that 28 percent of the participants, spent 1 to 2 hours daily on electronic devices, while 13 percent used these devices for at least 2 to 3 hours. The researchers found that children who reported more than three hours of screen time per day had 11 percent higher levels of insulin resistance than children who reported less than one hour per day. Children aged five to 15 spend five hours and 33 minutes a day gazing at gadgets, according to communications watchdog Ofcom.

Researchers note in the study that increased levels of body fat and insulin resistance in children could be caused by regular and extended periods of screen time.

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Almost 22 percent of the boys revealed that they spent 3 hours or more hooked on their devices, while 14 percent of the girls admitted doing the same.

Well, there was strong trend between daily quota of more than three or more than three hours of daily on screen time and levels of leptin, the hormone that controls appetite; fasting glucose and insulin resistance.

Boys (22%) were more likely than girls (14%) to say they spent three or more hours on screen time, as were African-Caribbean (23%) kids compared with their white European (16%) or South Asian peers (16%).

The authors of today's study wanted to see if the same is true for children, says study co-author Claire Nightingale, a research fellow in medical statistics at St George's, University of London. This was true regardless of other factors that could affect the kids' type 2 diabetes risk factors, such as household income, puberty stage and level of physical activity.

Reduce your screen time.

However, the findings add to the body of research showing that spending lots of time glued to screens might not be the healthiest habit - especially for children. We need your support to keep our talented reporters, editors and photographers holding government accountable, looking out for the public interest, and separating fact from fiction.

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