Is your favorite TV show killing you?
Grab the remote, and hit the "OFF" button -- because TV isn't just bad for your sanity.
It can be positively deadly for your body!
Sitting on your rear is just about the worst thing you can do for your health, especially when you do it for hours at a time.
And nothing gets people stuck in park position quite like the old "idiot box."
Now, the latest research finds every hour you spend watching TV could boost your risk of a dangerous or even deadly blood clot.
Watch TV for five hours a day -- or night -- and your risk of a pulmonary embolism (a clot that travels to the lung) doubles, according to the study out of Japan.
Even worse, your risk of DYING from a pulmonary embolism jumps by 250 percent, and every two hours you spend staring into the glow boosts the risk by another 40 percent.
The reason isn't clear, but it's likely the same reason travelers on long-haul flights face a higher risk of clots. It's not the TV itself, so much as what you do while you watch it: nothing.
You sit there. And sit there. And sit there. And then maybe you lie down.
All that sedentary time can cause a clot to form in your leg.
You won't know it's there. There won't be any symptoms, and there's even a chance it might never hurt you.
But if it breaks loose, it can travel up your leg, into your chest and right into your lungs -- where it could cause permanent damage or quite possibly kill you... all because a TV habit!
It's easy to dismiss this and think it can't possibly apply to you. After all, five hours of TV sure sounds like a lot of TV... and it is.
But it's also easy to watch five hours of TV without realizing it.
If you watch an hour or two of daytime TV... a little news... and some primetime programs, you're already approaching five hours, or maybe even passing it.
Not to mention those times you decide to catch up on an entire series in one fell swoop.
Along with increasing your risk of blood clots, being sedentary for hours at a time can also slow your metabolism -- potentially leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more.
I'm not saying you can't watch ANY television. I happen to love Shark Tank myself.
But if you're watching hours of TV every day, you're probably watching too much -- and, let's face it, most of it isn't worth your time anyway. Too many people aren't watching that much TV because they love every show they see.
They watch it because they're bored.
So stick to the shows you LOVE -- an hour or so a night -- and then use the rest of your idle time doing something else you love that gets you up and moving, even if it's just a simple walk.