Australians over the age of 60 who spend large amounts of time watching television could be putting themselves at risk of type 2 diabetes, research has shown.
Carried out by the University of Queensland's School of Population Health, the team found that older people tend to watch nearly four hours a day – an hour more than young adults.
The experts argued that much of the research carried out recently has focused on the amount of television watched by children, but the figures show that they are not the only affected group.
Study leader Paul Gardiner said: "Reducing sedentary behaviour may be a feasible and practical way for older adults to improve their health and may be particularly important for those whose health or physical functioning limits their participation in moderate-intensity physical activity."
He suggested that intervention programs may be needed to help lower sitting times on a daily basis.
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