Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk

Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids’ Diabetes Risk

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.

Key takeaways:

–  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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