My Patients Ask — Can watching too much TV affect my brain health?

In my latest book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions, I have two chapters on brain health. But, I didn’t know the answer to the question until recently.

We know too much TV can negatively affect our children. And, not too long ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with an updated statement on “Screen Time Guidelines for Children.”

And now we have some new research suggesting watching too much TV may harm brain health in adults.

The researchers found that adults who watched a moderate to a large amount of TV during their 40s through early 60s had a greater cognitive decline and lower gray matter volume in their 70s and 80s, compared with those who watched a little TV.

This conclusion was based upon three studies that are to be presented at an American Heart Association conference.

The studies used TV-watching as a substitute for sedentary behavior, and Ryan Dougherty, the lead author for one of the studies, told LiveScience that “sedentary behavior may impart a unique risk with respect to brain and cognitive health.”

You can read the full story at the LiveScience website. One warning to consider is that these studies have not yet been peer-reviewed, but to be accepted for presentation at a prestigious meeting like this is a good sign.

If you want to learn more about how you can improve and preserve your brain health, pick up a copy of The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions. You can order it at www. DrWalt.com. Just click on the “Book” tab.

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