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Adverse Effect Of Stress On Thyroid Function: Here’s What You Need To Know – NDTV

Stress can negatively affect your health in several ways

Stress can affect your health negatively in several ways. From weight gain to higher risk of heart disease, stress is harmful to your health in several ways. Several factors can contribute to day to stress but uncontrolled and prolonged stress is more harmful than you think. But many are not aware of the bad effect of stress of thyroid function. Thyroid is an important gland of the human body responsible for secretion of vital hormones. Several diseases can affect the functioning of this gland. In this article Dr. Dhreej Kapoor, head of Department of Endocrinology at Artemis Hospital explains how stress can affect the functioning thyroid function.

Dr. Kapoor explains, "Stress is a part of everyday life these days which not only impacts your mental wellbeing but also disrupts physical health. While, stress alone won't be a cause for thyroid disorder but may contribute to worsening of symptoms. The thyroid works in synchrony with the adrenal glands which release the flight and fight hormones and can, therefore, handle small amounts of stress."

"Thyroid in addition also plays an important role in the metabolism and regulation of vital body functions. Under stress, the body releases cortisol, a hormone from the adrenal; the excess of which can interfere with thyroid hormone production," Dr. Kapoor adds.

Also read: Everything About Hypothyroidism

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The impact of stress may result in slowing down the body's metabolism which also reflects the interconnection of stress and weight gain. Besides, high cortisol levels in stress impact the hypothyroid or euthyroid conditions by lowering T3 (triiodothyronine).

During stress, the active T3 level decreases, and the production of reverse T3 increases which may contribute to hypothyroidism, as well as weight gain, fatigue, and anxiety. In fact, it is not at all uncommon to find low T3 levels in chronically ill patients.

Also read:Too Stressed? These Habits Might Be Stressing You Out

It has also been observed that excess stress leads to a decrease in optimal immune system function, possibly as a result of increased cortisol level. Thus, it is important to have an apt balance between stress hormones and thyroxine for proper thyroid function.

A healthy diet and lifestyle can help in controlling stressPhoto Credit: iStock

While most thyroid conditions can be controlled or treated with medication, but unfortunately, stress requires lifestyle changes. To maintain optimal thyroid balance with medications or otherwise and to keep other health problems at bay, one needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle with mind-body therapy like yoga or meditation. Healthy eating habits along with exercise can go a long way in keeping these hormone levels in check, explains Dr. Kapoor.

Also read:5 Causes Of Hypothyroidism You Should Know

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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Ben Thomas100 Years Young – Columbia Star

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Benjamin Ben Franklin Thomas (affectionately called Ben) is living what he calls a Happy Life. From an old farmhouse in Eagle, Wisconsin to the most recent 15 years at The Waterford at Columbia in Columbia, South Carolina Ben recalls and shares numerous military and loving life stories.

At age six, for his birthday he was gifted the privilege of milking his first cow. Such a thrill and a bummer, Ben said. In the early school years, he found he was socially outcasted after seeing that apparently town kids did not associate with farm kids. However, in a few years time he found that he enjoyed playing sports which seemed to even out the popularity field.

Ben remembers how the Great Depression hit dairy farmers particularly hard and, at one point, his family had no place to live. The bright side during this time for him was playing baseball with his brothers and he progressed to play on the American Legion team in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Later, Ben recalls buying his first car, a 33 Chevy, which he used to transport passengers to and from the college he was attending to become a teacher.

Ben enjoys reminiscing about many more of his experiences such as meeting and marrying his late wife Dorothea E. McKee, the births of his four children (Benjamin F. Jr, Edwin Lee, Mae Ruth, and Elizabeth Ann), and receiving a telegram from the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., offering a civil service job in 1941. Ben developed an interest in Christian Science that strengthened his faith and knowledge in religious subjects.

Ben also cites his military service working with the maintenance crew B-17 bombers and his years spent in North Africa and Italy as being very influential. He went on to teach high school and later transitioned to a university setting as a professor, culminating in his appointment as the dean at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan.

When asked what advice he has for the younger generation to live a long life, Ben says, Keep a healthy lifestyle. Dont abuse your body and keep a positive attitude of gratitude. Develop a good spiritual faith.

A celebration is being planned for Bens 100th birthday Monday, August 24, at The Waterford at Columbia.

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Sedera joins the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US – PRNewswire

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Sedera is thrilled to announce that it has ranked number 193 in the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, putting them in the top 4% of companies overall.

The annually released Inc. 5000 list is a prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, and has previously included the likes of Microsoft, Dell, Pandora, LinkedIn, and others.

"We are extremely proud to be in the top 4% of the 5000 fastest growing companies," said Jamie Lagarde, CEO of Sedera. "We could not have made it here without the hard work and dedication of everyone in our Sedera community. Together, we are creating a new normal in healthcare by empowering individuals and families to make smart choices about their medical needs and creating a caring community to support those choices. This significant milestone, coupled with our ranking as the fastest growing company inAustin, is a testament to our team's hard work and the fact that so many Americans crave more cost-conscious options and transparency when it comes to medical care."

"We created Sedera as a direct response to the broken healthcare system in the United States," added Dr. Tony Dale, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Sedera. "We are thrilled to be pioneers in the healthcare sharing economy and to help give more people access to affordable healthcare options."

Sedera is a non-profit Medical Cost Sharing community that offers an innovative, non-insurance approach to managing large health care costs. Through direct member-to-member sharing, Sedera Members belong to a community of like-minded individuals who are active and engaged participants in their health care decision making, dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and are united by shared values.

For a list of the complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, visit

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Health product investing: why Rritual is uniquely well placed to take advantage of the coming adaptogens boom – Born2Invest

The global health and nutrition market is one of the most robust market sectors, but is always developing in unexpected directions. The market is estimated to be worth billions, potentially even hundreds of billions. It includes all manner of dietary supplements, health products and wholesome foods, but there is always room for new ideas or old ones.

The up and coming trend is the adoption of adaptogens, ancient plants used by cultures across the globe which are finally reaching modern markets. Rritual is on the cutting edge of the novel field, bringing adaptogen mushrooms to the daily routine of health and nutrition conscious consumers, positioning the company perfectly for a breakthrough event.

In a moment of crisis, as the long term effects of the Covid pandemic are emerging, we are only adding to the stress and anxiety of modern life. Covid-19s full health impacts are only beginning to be understood, but it seems clear that it will take a heavy toll on our minds as well as our bodies. Customers need something to help tackle more than just the immediate medical concerns: nootropics, and adaptogens in particular, could play a key role.

The dictionary defines adaptogens as a plant extract that is held to increase the bodys ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning. They offer a contrast to many health and nutrition crazes which promise to boost or overcome the bodys capacities.

Adaptogens aim to restore balance and help the body adapt, enhancing our own natural potential to fight off stressors. They represent the leading edge of science and tradition in a growing market as consumers experience the benefits for themselves.

Health and nutrition spending have been on the rise for the past half century, growing with consumers income and health consciousness. From nutritional supplements to healthier options on existing foods, companies have been profiting by bringing increasingly conscious consumers what they need. As definitions of the industry are vague, exact estimates of its value differ, but many put it well over 120 billion USD with estimated growth of 6-7%.

On the other hand the complementary and alternative medicine market is growing much more quickly, and has great untapped potential. It is valued at just under 70 billion USD but has growth predicted closer to 19% each year. Functional medicine, the desire to keep the body well and treat underlying causes rather than symptoms, is a large part of this growing field.

Adaptogens have a foot in both. The strength of the nutrition market and growth of the functional medicine field help explain why the demand for these mushrooms is booming. And why companies like Rritual will be blooming.

Adaptogens have started to hit store shelves and consumers radar only recently, but their impact is large, and growing. They have received global attention in leading publications like the NYT and record growth in product values. Suppliers report seeing double, sometimes even triple, digit growth as companies struggle to get their hands on the valuable and rare commodities.

Adaptogens offer a way to help the body combat stress, helping to restore mental fitness and physical wellness. However, they have not yet reached their market potential as options for consumption are still somewhat limited. So far the adaptogen market has focused on roots like Ginseng, which have greater name recognition. Successes have been seen in smoothie bars and cafes who sell products with them directly to consumers in privileged areas, but dont reach the masses. Other companies such as Moon Juice have poured recent efforts into health adjacent products like skin-care.

Mushroom adaptogens in particular have room for commercial growth. The only other company specializing in mushroom adaptogen products is Four Sigmatic. But they primarily offer (very expensive) pre-brewed coffees or coffee mixes, adding additional cost to consumers while giving them very little control over flavor or dosage.

Furthermore, research shows that for adaptogens to be effective, they must be taken regularly. Buying the occasional smoothie or coffee because it has an adaptogen in it may sound appealing (and be good marketing) but it isnt enough. Like vitamins, to really capture the functional, mental, and physical benefits of adaptogens, consumers need them to be part of their routine.

The major stumbling block for companies when marketing adaptogens is consumer awareness. An article from just last month (aptly titled the Age of Adaptogens) points out that only about 4% of consumers are aware of adaptogens. Yet among those who are, consumption is high. This means that getting the right message out will be key, and this is where Rritual steps in.

This is where Rritual has the answer. Instead of trying to get you into their shop door, or to buy their pre-mixed coffees, they are selling the essential adaptogen blends directly. These will be available both directly to consumers online (DTC) and in health or grocery store chains across the continent. All you have to do then is add a spoonful or packet to your daily coffee/tea.

They could not have picked a better time to launch these products. Stress levels are high and consumers are particularly concerned about mental fitness and holistic wellness. Rritual is also aiming for the growing functional health trend: taking care of the bodys needs and not just treating symptoms when they emerge. Their products are designed to bolster the bodys ability to maintain homeostasis, but also the minds willingness and ability to manage stress.

Their organic and all natural ingredients are exactly what trend setting consumers and influencers require. Yet they offer products which everyone can benefit from. With products supporting cognitive function (the industry terminology labels these nootropics), stress relief or boosting the immune system they can help anyone facing the trials of modern society.

The versatility of adaptogens, and the sheer variety available, offer even more opportunities for supporting our health. Rritual is constantly innovating its product offerings, and has hinted that they are updating their selection to include new designs or blends. With the pandemic at the forefront of everyones minds products that support endurance and the respiratory system are highly anticipated additions, as well as more versatile offerings such as skincare and vision.

The potential for investment is as massive as their possible market impact. Bolstered by consumers turning towards adaptogens they are well positioned to become the default against which the rest are measured.

Mushrooms are an underexploited superfood, whose market is already growing. Adaptogens are a key component of ancient medicine whose wisdom is only beginning to hit modern shelves. Health conscious consumers are increasingly interested in functional solutions that tackle holistic wellness to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.

This is their moment. A health product like no other for which there is opportunity, demand, and a gap in what the market already provides. A wave is on the horizon, and when it hits, we can expect to see Rritual, and companies like it, surging ahead.

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Free public course offered in avoiding stress eating and unhealthy habits during COVID-19 – Paso Robles Daily News

Are you stress eating? With the current takeover of COVID-19, were all feeling the stress! Before you succumb to emotional eating, join Health Coach, Kris Allen of New Path 2 Wellness, she is offering a free 60-minute Zoom class on keeping healthy in these uncertain times. The course is happening Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This outreach program requires registration.

In addition to addressing nutrition, Allen will cover topics from ways to ensure a great nights sleep, how to safely navigate grocery shopping, food prep, to addressing the stress in your life as well as keeping those social connections healthy even though we all are practicing physical-distancing.

The current state of things has certainly changed the ways most of us live day-to-day, however, this doesnt mean we cant continue (or begin) living a healthy lifestyle, says Allen. Cooking has always been a crucial aspect of healthy living, and it can also be a stress-reducer. Whether you just didnt have the time to cook, or lacked the confidence to get into the kitchen, this change in routine could be the perfect opportunity to polish your skills and start creating healthier eating habits!

To reserve your spot, go to: or call/leave a message at (805) 235-2263.


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Kate Hudson Reveals the Words She Tells Herself When She’s Feeling Stressed – E! NEWS

"Don't expect yourself to be a super-human! It's just not possible. Or fun, for that matter!"

Stitch that Kate Hudson quote on pillows and place one in every room of our house because it's the 2020 mantra we all need to live by.

The Weight Watchers ambassador opened up about her go-tonutritiousrecipes and indulgences in E! News' Wellness Wednesday series, which features some of our favorite stars detailing their self-care routines. And fun is definitely a word we would use to describe her approach to a healthy lifestyle.

And given her passion for all things wellnessincluding co-founding the popular athletic-wear company Fableticsit shouldn't come as much of a surprise that theHow to Lose a Guy in 10 Day star'sdaily practices are inspiring. But given that she is also a mom to sons Ryder Robinson, 16, and Bingham Hawn Bellamy,9, and daughter Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa, 22 months, her day-to-day is also super relatable, with Hudson working to "cultivate a positive mindset" and make time for herself.

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Active Southern West Virginia expands into Boone County – The Coal Valley News

The Active Southern West Virginia nonprofit organization has announced it has expanded its programming to Kanawha and Boone counties.

Having served Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas and Summers counties for the past five years, Active SWV has also been working with neighboring communities along the Route 3 corridor and the Upper Kanawha River valley to widen its outreach.

Active SWV provides wellness activities for the residents of southern West Virginia, offering programs led by trained volunteers within communities where they live. These programs are intended to improve health outcomes in underserved communities, workplaces and schools and attract new businesses and jobs to the region.

Active SWVs evidence-based programs include Workplace Wellness, Community Captains, Kids Run Clubs, and Bike/Walk SWV. Supported by the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, the West Virginia Development Office, the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health, West Virginia University, and the Appalachian Regional Commission, ActiveSWV has provided technical assistance and training to more than 250 volunteers. The volunteers lead their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and families toward living a healthier lifestyle.

The West Virginia Development Office supports the expansion of Active SWV programming into Kanawha and Boone counties, WVDO Executive Director Michael Graney said in a media release. The WVDO recognizes the connection between a healthy workforce and job creation. Active SWVs focus on improving community health will help attract new industry and diversify our states economy.

As a member of the ASWV Board of Directors and the Ware Distinguished Professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University, I am pleased to support the outstanding work of Active Southern WV, and its expansion into Boone and Kanawha counties, said Eloise Elliott, Ph.D., in the release. As a partner with our Center for Active WV in CPASS, my colleagues and I find the work and programming of ASWV to be an outstanding model of community engagement to promote physical activity opportunities and participation that truly encompasses the entire lifespan children to older adults.

ASWV programming targets many societal sectors identified in the National and West Virginia Physical Activity Plans, including education, business/industry, health care, parks/recreation/fitness/sport, public health, and volunteers/nonprofits, Elliott said. Healthy citizens of southern West Virginia lead to a healthy workforce and growing economy, and I am honored to be a part of a thriving and innovative organization striving to help southern West Virginians make physical activity and a healthy lifestyle a priority in their lives.

Healthy people and healthy places must be priorities for West Virginia now and in the future. Partnering with Active Southern WV to implement worksite wellness programs in Boone and Kanawha counties allows our state to move toward better outcomes and positive change, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Prevention Policy Senior Manager and Wellness Program Coordinator James Vance said.

For more information about the expansion into the UKV or other matters relating to the organization, contact Active SWV Executive Director Melanie Seilier at or visit the organizations website,

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Airmen, Families at Yokota can exercise at home with AAAFES’ Weekly BE FIT live workouts – Stripes Japan

Yokota Air Base Need some Monday motivation on Tuesday? Airmen and military families at Yokota can put in some work as a military community during live BE FIT workouts on the Exchanges Facebook page at 1 AM Pacific Time each Tuesday.

BE FIT ambassadors Roy Montez and Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Sonja Berry host 20-minute workouts on Facebook at 11 a.m. CST every Monday. In addition, Soldiers, Airmen, retirees, Veterans and military family members can watch the series on the Exchange Facebook page.

The live workouts, which include interval training, core workouts, strength exercises and more, grew out of a desire to promote wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These BE FIT workouts remind Yokota Airmen that staying fit is criticalespecially during the pandemic, said Yokota General Manager Julia Woods. Joining the Exchange workouts through Facebook fosters a sense of community and resiliency.

Each video begins with a short introduction, then Montez describes each exercise before he and Berry lead viewers on stretching. During the workout, Montez pauses to rest, provides advice and answers questions from the online audience.

Its like having a free trainer, said Berry, the Exchanges assistant director for public health and food safety. It demonstrates the Exchanges commitment to fitness and healthy lifestyles.

The Exchanges BE FIT initiative highlights better-for-you dining grab-and-go options and provides an assortment of fitness gear and wellness services. The program empowers military customers, their families and the broader military community to make healthy lifestyle choices.

The community is encouraged to follow the Yokota Exchanges Facebook page at For more BE FIT choices, visit the Exchanges community Hub.

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How many are we missing?: Research shows 80,000 missed cancer diagnoses this year – Houston Chronicle

New research shows there were 80,000 missed diagnoses of cancer in the U.S. between March and June.

According to IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, cancer screenings decreased by 90 percent in April compared to Februarys numbers. The rate of colonoscopies dropped by 90 percent; Pap smears, 83 percent; prostate-specific (PSA) tests, 60 percent; and CT scans (which show lung tumors) were down 39 percent.

Mammograms were down 87 percent, which is a major concern for Dr. Jessica Trevio Jones, breast oncologist with Memorial Hermann Cancer Center and UTHealth. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, according the American Cancer Society.

On Hes dying of cancer. She survived it. They had their wedding at Houston Methodist.

A mammogram is the best screening modality to catch cancer, Trevio Jones said. She believes breast cancer will be the one to flare the most post-COVID.

The reason why we can find and cure breast cancer is because we have success in catching it early, she said. Every woman not getting a mammogram, were falling behind. How many are we missing? So many.

Chealci Eddins had just turned 27 when she found a lump on her breast last summer. It took only four months for the small tumor to grow to 5.67 centimeters, which is roughly the size of a peach.

As a mother, teacher and coach, she had an active, healthy lifestyle before her breast cancer diagnosis on Jan. 8. She began chemotherapy treatments on Jan. 24.

With how aggressive my cancer was, I went into survival mode, said Eddins, who is now 28. I knew my grandmother and great-grandmother had breast cancer, so knowing this, I didnt allow myself to be blind. I looked things up and compared my options.

By her fourth cancer treatment, the coronavirus began spreading in the Houston area, and the rules changed about visitors. She said going through chemotherapy alone was an emotional drain.

Telemedicine appointments were another change that she had to get used to, she said. But she had no time to lose in adjusting.

For a person who hasnt been to a doctor as often, they may not be comfortable with talking to a doctor over the phone. A lot of women have this misconception that you can do it later, Eddins said. But this is something you cannot wait until later to do, especially with minority women, in particular, because breast cancer is so aggressive.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer affects non-Hispanic white people the most at 130.8 per 100,000, followed closely by non-Hispanic Black people at 126.7 people per 100,000.

However, Black women have the highest breast cancer death rate at 28.4 deaths per 100,000.

Fearing a cancer recurrence later in life, Eddins opted for a June double mastectomy after she finished chemotherapy. She said the decision was made for her 3-year-old daughter, Rylie Simpson.

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Because of COVID concerns, no friends or family could be with her at the hospital.

Having to get someone to drop me off in the Memorial Hermann parking garage at 5 a.m. and then see my surgeons and doctors to prepare for the surgery was a lot, Eddins said. More emotional and social support is needed right now. People feel so alone.

Dr. Charles E. Geyer, deputy director of Houston Methodist Cancer Center, said Houston hospitals have worked to try to minimize the exposure of cancer patients by restricting the number of people entering to those who need treatment.

In late March, some cancer-related surgeries were performed ahead of schedule or postponed depending on the severity. Those practices were brief, and specialists continued to serve their patients like they did pre-COVID but with extra safety precautions, Geyer said.

National Cancer Institute Director Dr. Ned Sharpless wrote in June that there will be 10,000 more breast and colorectal cancer deaths in the next decade that will be indirectly caused by the virus.

Fear of contracting the coronavirus in health care settings has dissuaded people from screening, diagnosis and treatment for non-COVID-19 diseases. The consequences for cancer outcomes, for example, could be substantial, Sharpless said. At many hospitals, so-called elective cancer treatments and surgeries have been de-prioritized to preserve clinical capacity for COVID-19 patients.

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During peak months, patients received less intense chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy or had their tumor removal delayed, Sharpless said, which will result in the pandemic causing delayed diagnosis and sub-optimal care for people with cancer.

When Trevio Jones heard the term non-essential surgeries, she said it made her think cancer was considered non-essential. None of her patients had delayed surgical procedures because of coronavirus concerns, she said.

Curing someone and saving their life is essential, Trevio Jones said. If youre a woman diagnosed with breast cancer, we try to gauge the right treatment for you in this crisis. Your cancer diagnosis is a crisis.

But a person cant get treated for cancer if they never a diagnosis because they skipped a regular screening. Geyer worries about the impact of delayed cancer screenings.

Screening has been beneficial, so if people are slower to move to treatment because of fears of catching coronavirus, we worry about what might happen in terms of cancers, Geyer said. When you detect it early, treatments are less challenging for patients.

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Eddins caught her cancer early, in addition to finding out she has the BRCA1 mutated gene, also known as the breast cancer gene. She is now awaiting breast reconstructive surgery and radiation treatments.

But she is also preparing for a new school year as an educator after months in treatment.

The last moment I had with my ninth grade students last year was right before spring break. They made me posters and TikToks it was a joy, Eddins said. Im still Ms. Eddins, still 27 (now 28), and Im not about to let cancer age me at all.

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Here’s Why You May Want to Limit Your TV Time to 2 Hours a Day – Healthline

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when social distancing and business closures have become the norm, it can be difficult to be as active as we once were.

As a result, we may be staying home more and indulging in more sedentary activities, such as watching TV and playing video games.

More than ever, though, it is important to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.

One way we can do this, according to new research, is to cut back on our time watching TV.

In fact, researchers say cutting back to 2 hours a day may be a good way to prevent poor health.

The study used data from people who were recruited between 2006 and 2010 to participate in the UK Biobank, a large, long-term study aimed at studying how genetics and environment impact the development of disease.

In the study, the researchers looked at data regarding the lifestyle and demographics of 490,966 people between the ages of 37 and 73.

The study participants were followed from 2006 to 2018, with their data being linked to national routine death and disease registries.

To rule out the possibility that poor health was causing the participants to be more sedentary and watch more TV, the researchers excluded those who had cancer and cardiovascular disease from their study.

In addition, they left out anyone who had had any adverse event related to their health in the 2 years prior.

When they analyzed the data, the team found that those who had the lowest overall health risks were those who viewed TV for 2 hours or less per day.

They estimated that 6 percent of all deaths and 8 percent of cardiovascular deaths were associated with TV-viewing time.

Furthermore, if the participants limited TV time to 2 hours a day, it could potentially prevent or delay all deaths by 5.62 percent and cardiovascular deaths by 7.97 percent.

According to Furong Xu, PhD, professor of health and physical education at the University of Rhode Island, the physical act of watching TV is not what contributes to poor health.

Instead, she said, it is being used as a surrogate measure of how sedentary a persons lifestyle is.

The more someone watches television, the less they are moving their bodies, said Xu.

Xu said, in her opinion, that the take home message of this study is the importance of physical movement in health.

Everyone needs a break every once in a while, she noted, but TV is only one way that people can unwind.

Doing other physical activities can result in lower health risk over time.

The study authors concurred with Xus assessment, writing that TV watching is only one type of sedentary behavior. Other sedentary activities, for example watching videos on your smart phone, can also lead to adverse effects on your health.

The authors further noted that other factors may contribute as well, such as lower socioeconomic status and snacking on unhealthy foods.

Dr. Vijaya Surampudi, assistant professor of medicine in the UCLA Division of Human Nutrition, suggested first of all speaking with your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen. Your doctor can help you determine what type of activities are best for your personal needs.

In addition, she had the following suggestions for how to begin incorporating more activity into your daily life:

As far as your ultimate activity goals, Xu said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendation of 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity physical activity is a good target.

People who watch more TV, and as a result, are more sedentary, are at greater risk for poor health.

By becoming more physically active, we can improve our health and decrease our risk of dying prematurely.

Cutting back on sedentary activities such as watching TV allows more time for being physically active.

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