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3 hours of Daily TV time May Increase A Child’s Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Previous research already showed that increased time spent watching TV or with the computer increases risk of obesity and insulin resistance in adults.

Children especially males have shown far more increased time watching television or playing video games, or with smart phones and electronic tablets in recent times, a study from by researchers from St. George’s, University of London says.

How the study was conducted

The recent study involved 4495 children aged between 9-10.

Their activity levels, body proportions and time spent watching TV was recorded daily.  Pubertal status was also taken note of in girls.

 

Findings from the study

It was reported that children who spent 3 hours or more had higher levels of leptin and insulin than those that had less than one hour screen time. This can cause insulin resistance causing a risk for diabetes. Impaired leptin levels noticed can also result in difficulty controlling appetite.

Of the children who took part in the study between 2004 and 2007 and for whom complete data were held, 18 per cent – around one in five – said they spent more than three hours on screens every day. It was reported that boys 22 percent of boys spent 3 or more hours watching TV or using electronic devices compared to 14 percent of girls.

Screen related activities are mostly sedentary in nature and pose a risk to metabolic health.

Recommendations

Study author Dr Claire Nightingale from St George’s, University of London, said:

“Our findings suggest that reducing screen time may be beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors, in both boys and girls, from an early age.”

He  also said:

“This is particularly relevant, given rising levels of type 2 diabetes, the early emergence of type 2 diabetes risk, and recent trends suggesting screen-related activities are increasing in childhood.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics has previously suggested that children should limit daily screen time to less than 2 hours per day, more recent guidance fro, AAP did not propose a time limit but suggested that parents should place consistent limit on the hours per day of media use.

There is currently an alarming rate of type 2 diabetes starting earlier than would have been expected and if this trend continues, it might pattern screen related behaviour in later life.

The findings were published in the journal the  Archives of Disease in Childhood

BBC presenter apologises for ‘confused start’ due to hypoglycemia on air.

A BBC World service presenter, Alex Ritson was presenting at about 5 am in the Newsroom on Friday when his listeners heard him stumble on some of his words.

The presenter ,who has Type 1 diabetes has apologized for a “confused start”  saying he had a “low sugar attack” just as he went on air.

He was discussing about the Pope’s visit to Bangladesh when he suddenly was speaking slowly and difficult to understand

“I have Type 1 diabetes and I had a low sugar attack, a ‘hypo’, just as we came on air which caused me a little confusion in my opening sequences , so many apologies for that.”

A BBC spokeswoman said

“One of our presenters was a little unwell while on air this morning.”

”The presenter came back on air later in the programme and explained to listeners that they had Type 1 diabetes and were feeling better ”

So many listeners have commended him for that.

While so many of us think diabetes is just a problem of high blood sugar, it really is a struggle between high sugar levels and low sugar levels that result from insulin use. The patient is basically struggling to find a balance.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) occurs in people with diabetes when their blood sugar goes beneath 4mmol/l (70mg/dl) but the value varies for most people.

Early signs and symptoms of diabetic hypoglycemia include:

Shakiness, Dizziness, Sweating, Hunger, Irritability or moodiness, Anxiety or nervousness, Headache

In more severe cases, there can be confusion, unconsciousness and even death.

To know more about hypoglycemia, you can check this

 Hypoglycemia training programme