Diabetes: 3 hours in front of the screens enough to infect your children with the disease

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Tablets, cell phones, computers and TV screens are risk factors for Diabetes Mellitus Type II.

A research published in medical magazine called “Archives in disease for childhood” suggested that; spending many hours in front of screens is a risk factor for Diabetes Mellitus type II. In fact, laziness attitude promotes insulin resistance and obesity due to failure of body cells to respond to insulin; thus pancreas secretes more insulin to control blood glucose level.

Researchers of London and Glasgow universities in UK analyzed clinical data of about 4495 children (2337 girls & 2158 boys). Their age ranges about 10 years. The researchers focused on how many hours do these children spend in front of the light screens daily.

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Spending 3 hours in front of screens increase insulin resistance and promote obesity.

The study results proved that children who spend more than 3 hours daily in front of screen undergoes more fat deposition and increased; insulin resistance compared with children who spend one hour or less daily in front of screen. This time includes watching TV; using computers and playing video games.

The study reported that majority of children (about 37%) spend one hour or less in front of screens; and 18% spend more than 3 hours; while 4% said they don’t know exactly how many hours do they spend in front of screens.

The study revealed that boys are liable to spend more than 3 hours in front of screens (22% for boys & 14% for girls).

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On the same side, kids who spend more than 3 hours daily in front of screens are more liable for fat deposition compared with those who spend just one hour daily. Also, their body mass index (BMI) is higher about 1.9%; their epidermis thickness is higher about 4.5%; their fat deposition index higher about 3.3% and their leptin levels are higher about 9.9%.

The study results revealed that their blood insulin levels and insulin resistance are higher compared with those kids who spend just one hour or less in front of screens.

The researchers concluded that limiting of time spent in front of screens will be useful in limiting of risk factors of diabetes mellitus type II.

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