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Screen time in excess of 3 hours linked to increased risk of diabetes in kids

By jeremyc | March 15, 2017

Spending hours in front of a screen daily increases the risk of diabetes in kids, according to a new study. Researchers have found that staying glued to a screen for 3 hours or more is associated with diabetes risk factors for kids.

Two most crucial diabetes risk factors to which increased screen time is linked are insulin resistance and adiposity. When there’s insulin resistance, the body’s response to insulin is inadequate. Pancreas produces the hormone insulin, which plays a crucial role in controlling levels of glucose in the blood.

Earlier research had hinted at a link between greater screen time and increased risk of diabetes as well as weight gain in adults. However, it was not clear if there’s correlation between the two in case of kids too.

The latest study seams to settle this debate. This study was performed by British researchers. For this study, the researchers analyzed data of about 4500 kids aged between 9 and 10 years.

It shows that kids who spend a lot of time in front of a TV, game console, computers, tablet, and smartphone have an increased risk of developing diabetes type 2.

However, this was an observational study. Therefore, causality cannot be proved conclusively.

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