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Written by
Varsha Vats
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamMar 12, 2019

Your breakfast and TV time may affect your heart health, says study

Your breakfast and TV time may affect your heart health, says study
Quick Bites
  • It time to turn off your TV for a better heart health
  • Good breakfast and less TV can help you stay healthy
  • Read on to know all the findings of the study

The adverse effects of inactivity and sedentary lifestyle are quite popular. An inactive lifestyle can increase the risk of various chronic health issues. It also increases the chances of premature death. When you sit for longer periods regularly your blood pressure and cholesterol levels fluctuate. It reduces the flow of blood inside your body. 

A recent study focused on the effects of watching TV and consumption of a healthy breakfast on heart health. According to the study people who spend less time watching TV have a healthy heart and are at a reduced risk of heart diseases. The study further mentioned that eating an energy-rich breakfast regularly also contributes to lower risks of heart diseases or stroke. The study mentioned that these two factors reduce plaque build up in the arteries. Plaque build-up reduces heart performance because it blocks the arteries and reduces the flow of blood.

The study was conducted in Greece by Dr. Sotirios Tsalamandris, a cardiologist at the First Cardiology Clinic at the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens. The final findings of the study were presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session.

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Relation between watching TV and heart health

During the study, 2,000 people were examined between the age of 44-99. All the participants already suffered from a heart condition or are at the risk of developing a heart disease. While there were few healthy individuals. For the research, the participants were divided into three categories:

  • Low group: who watched TV for 7 hours or less per week
  • Moderate group: who watched TV for 7-21 hours per week
  • High group: who watched TV more than 21 hours per week

After the completion of the study, it was observed that people who watched more TV throughout the week were at a high risk of plaque buildup and heart diseases as compared to others.

"These findings suggest a clear message to hit the 'off' button on your TV and abandon your sofa. Even activities of low energy expenditure, such as socializing with friends or housekeeping activities, may have a substantial benefit to your health compared with time spent sitting and watching TV," Dr. Tsalamandris said.

It was further noticed that this condition further contributes to hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.

Relation between high-energy breakfast and heart health

The research also studied the impact of eating healthy breakfast regularly on one's heart health. For this observation the participants were again divided into three groups:

  • Those who consumed more than 20 percent of their daily calories from breakfast
  • Those who consumed 5-10 percent of their daily calories from breakfast
  • Those who did not consume breakfast at all

After the complete observation, it was concluded that those who consumed more than 20 percent of their calories from breakfast lead a healthier life and were at a reduced risk of heart diseases.

Also read: Keep your Heart Healthy with these 5 Foods

Eating a breakfast constituting more than 20 percent of the total daily caloric intake may be of equal or even greater importance than a person's specific dietary pattern, such as whether they follow the Mediterranean diet, a low-fat diet, or other dietary patterns," Dr. Tsalamandris added.

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