Researchers in the United Kingdom have found a strange relation between heavy screen time and heightened risk of Type 2 Diabetes. According to the findings of a new study, more the time spent watching TV or playing computer games, higher is the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes in later life. The problem is more prevalent in children, researcher highlighted.
The findings of the study are based on an assessment of nearly 4,500 children, all primary school students.
Each student was questioned about his/her TV viewing habit and time spent in front of computers, gaming consoles and tablets.
Blood sugar levels of each student were also assessed.
Findings revealed that subjects who spent more than 3 hours in front of the screen (all modes inclusive) had higher levels of blood sugar.
Researchers found 10.7 percent higher levels of insulin after fasting, 10.5 percent higher levels of estimated insulin resistance and 9.3 percent higher levels of leptin, a hormone involved in controlling appetite.
The team noted that heavy viewing lead to adiposity, a state when the body develops a resistance to insulin.
Although the reasons behind the link between the high TV time and increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes is not clear, researchers believe that continuous munching may be the prime factor.
The findings of the study are published online March 13 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.