Watching television for four or more hours a day is linked to a higher risk of developing dangerous blood clots, new research suggests.
The study included more than 131,000 people, all ages 40 and older without venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE includes two serious conditions: pulmonary embolism (clots in the lungs) and deep-vein thrombosis (clots in deep veins, usually in the legs). Participants who reported watching television at least four hours a day were categorized as prolonged viewers, while those who watched less than 2.5 hours per day were deemed never-viewers or seldom-viewers.
During the follow-up (which ranged from just over five years to nearly 20 years), prolonged television viewers were 1.35 times more likely to develop VTE compared with never- or seldom-viewers. While the findings don’t prove cause and effect, the connection makes sense because sitting for long periods causes blood to pool in the legs, which can raise blood clot risk, according to the authors, who published their findings Jan. 20, 2022, in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren’
1 Timothy 2: 3
3 I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
1Timothy 3: 1
1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)
7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
1 Timothy 4: 1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.
15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.
Tom 5 Do not rebuke an older man harshly but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
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