Binge watching television can actually kill you

If you remember your mother or your grandmother telling you not to sit too close to the television screen because it would “melt out your eyeballs”, the odds are pretty good that you remember sloughing off their advice and ignoring the potential health risks that long-term exposure to television can pose.

And while the your mom and grandmother probably were a little bit off-base with believing that your eyeballs would melt right out of your sockets because you’ve watched television to close, they weren’t wrong that the TV – and any screen, for that matter – can actually kill you.

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More and more research from respected universities and groups all over the world points to a very high spike in mortality rates involving people that remain sedentary for longer blocks of time than they would have in the past.

Binge watching your favorite show on Netflix, for example, may actually increase your risk of death by a factor of 15%

Television is one of the world’s favorite distractions, with the overwhelming majority of people spending at least 21 hours a week – every single week – planted right in front of their television screen, laptop, or tablet watching movies and shows.

Unfortunately, this grand distraction can lead to a tremendous amount of health concerns later down the line – and researchers are noticing and extreme spike in a handful of debilitating and deadly conditions that they believe are closely related to this more sedentary lifestyle.

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Dangerous conditions are up significantly

Diabetes is up 56% in individuals that watch at least two hours of television every day.

Suicide is up 43% in individuals that watch at least two hours of television each day.

Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, COPD, and heart disease are all up at least 30% in individuals that watch at least two hours of television per day.

We are talking about a serious health epidemic here, and we need to do everything in our power to break the sedentary lifestyle that we’ve been leading and move our bodies more often.

All you have to do is take a break between the binge watches to stretch, to move your body, to get the blood flowing to all of your extremities and you’ll be able to dramatically reduce the negative impact that sitting down and watching a show for hours and hours on end can have on your body.

The Differences Between Acute and Chronic Pain

What’s the difference between acute and chronic pain?

As one of the most common issues that everyone faces at one point in their lifetime, pain is something that we simply have to deal with. Typically it will arise as an uncomfortable feeling in a particular part of your body, depending on the type of injury and if it’s a medical condition or not. In most cases, you’ll want to consider seeking medical attention, as pain is typically a sign that something is wrong. The best way to judge pain is to be the sufferer as no one can truly understand how unpleasant the bodily sensations are for the injured person. The two most common types of pain that we experience are acute and chronic.

What is Acute Pain?

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Acute pain is the type of discomfort that you might feel as a result of burns, childbirth, dental work, surgery, or even broken bones. It may present itself as sharp and sudden, though it can go away after receiving the appropriate medical treatment. For example, pain from a broken bone will subside once a cast is applied to the affected area. In many cases acute pain can be an indicator of some type of disease or bodily threat.

The length of time that you experience acute pain may vary, it could be for a week or for a few months, but in most cases it won’t last longer than 6 months. The main thing to remember is that untreated acute pain has the potential to become chronic pain.

What is Chronic Pain?

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As the more difficult type of pain to manage, chronic pain will continue to affect your body even after the particular injury has been medically treated. The pain signals in your neurons will stay active for months or years, substantially longer than with acute pain. You might experience limited energy, tense muscles, lack of mobility, inability to eat, and more. Over time, untreated chronic pain can put such a strain on an individual that they may experience anxiety, fear, anger, and insurmountable depression.

Unfortunately, chronic pain typically results in the individual avoiding activities that they once enjoyed and being unable to return to their regular daily chores. Chronic pain can include neurogenic pain, arthritis, cancer, headaches, and lower back injuries. Depending on the injury, there may or may not be a treatment for chronic pain and it is also one of the most misunderstood types of discomfort that people experience.