Watching TV for Too Long Increases Dementia Risk, New Study Says

Watching TV for Too Long Increases Dementia Risk, New Study Says

Dementia is one of the awful diseases that a person can suffer from. Statistics show that a new case of dementia arises in the world once every 3 seconds. There are plenty of hints that a person may suffer from dementia: difficulty in communicating, memory loss, difficulty handling complex tasks, etc.

So how can someone stay away from developing dementia? Keeping an active mind over the years is one of those ways. Regularly playing mind games such as Sudoku or Chess is one of the ways of doing so.

Excessively watching TV is bad for your mental health

According to, researchers from the University of College London have discovered that watching TV for too long is dangerous for a person’s mental health: it could lead to memory loss and contribute to dementia. They claim that those over the age of 50 years old and who watch TV for over 3.5 hours a day are exposed to a greater risk of losing their memory.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, and it causes irreversible damage to the patient’s brain. The Alzheimer’s Association says the following about the terrible disease:

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same questions over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

It’s also good to remember this information, as quoted by the same source:

Some people living with dementia may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.




Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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