Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle in general, so it’s no surprise that the less active you are, the greater your chances of developing diabetes, per Mayo Clinic. But it’s not just lack of exercise that can increase risk. So can sedentary habits, like spending too much time watching television.
According to Pitt Public Health, a study found that for every hour spent a day watching television, the risk for diabetes increased by 3.4%. While that may not seem like a lot on its own, think of how easy it is to lose track of time while sitting on the couch with your eyes glued to the screen. Add all those hours together and what do you get? Too many to keep track of.