Do you 'Netflix and chill'? Do you binge watch? Well, watch out...
This is an alarming viewpoint but should be taken with a pinch of salt. Deaths from pulmonary embolisms are rare and of the large group sampled for this research of 80,000, only 59 deaths occurred.
This is a small enough number that any link between binge watching TV shows and death could simply be down to chance!
"Binge watching TV can actually kill you, study finds," The Independent reports in a somewhat exaggerated manner. The Japanese study its report is based on looked at prolonged TV watching and the risk of blood clots, and only found a very weak association. Researchers were specifically looking at deaths caused by pulmonary embolisms – blockages in the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs. The study included more than 80,000 adults aged between 40 and 79 from Japan. Researchers estimated that people who regularly watched more than five hours of TV a day were two and half times more likely to die of a pulmonary embolism than those who watched less than two and a half hours.