Too much screen time has been linked to the increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Screen time includes time spent watching television, in front of a computer screen, playing video games and using other devices such as smartphones.
– More than three hours of screen time per day was associated with insulin resistance and increase in body fat.
– The children’s blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, fasting blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and markers of inflammation were measured.
– The reduction of screen time is beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors in both boys and girls.
Specific indicators of body fat — such as skin fold thickness and fat mass — were all higher among the kids who got more than three hours of screen time each day than those who got just one hour or less.
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