The more television you watch in your 40s, 50s, and 60s, the greater your risk of brain health issues in later years.
That’s according to researchers who presented three new studies at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology, Prevention, Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Conference 2021 last week.
The studies used TV watching as a measure of sedentary behavior (i.e., time spent sitting). Brain health was later measured by participants answering questions about their watching habits, completing cognitive tests, and undergoing brain MRI scans.
TV watching was measured by how much content was consumed during leisure time:
Low TV watching (never or seldom)Moderate (sometimes)High (often/very often)
Together, the researchers’ findings suggest that people who self-re...