Binge-watching TV from the sofa can cause fatal blood clot, worrying study warns

Binge-watching TV for hours on end can dangerously increase the risk of a 'silent killer' condition, new research has found.

Cosying up on the sofa for stints as long as four hours every day make it 35% more likely for someone to develop a fatal blood clot.

Typically formed in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis, venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein.

VTE may be most commonly found in over 60s but has been seen to develop in far more young people and is rapidly becoming a leading cause of death and disability around the world.

To dig deeper on what has caused the rise of the condition, scientists found three studies conducted between 2016 and 2021.

Revisiting the research which involved more than 131,400 people in US and Japan found the worrying health impact of watching too much television.

Researchers concluded that those who watched TV for more than four hours a day had a 35% higher risk of developing VTE than those who sit down in front of the box for less than 2.5 hours each day.

Tuning in to a box set for the night is not the problem in itself but instead it is the sitting down for such a long time while doing so.

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According to the experts that also means office workers, people who work from home and delivery drivers are also at risk of VTE.

Elsewhere scientists have managed to regrow a frog's lost leg by a method which brings dreams of human limb regeneration a step closer to reality.

Having successfully pulled off the feat after 18 months, mammals are next in line for the ground-breaking experiment.

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