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Story Updated: Jun 27, 2014

TV can be exciting, fun, and even informative. But now, new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association warns that too much TV may increase your risk of early death.

More than 13,000 healthy adults were tracked between 1999 and 2012. For an average of roughly 8 years, daily TV routines were monitored alongside computer use and driving habits. During that time, 97 participants died including nearly half from cancer and about a fifth from heart disease. After looking at all of the data, the study authors concluded that- adults who watched TV three hours or more per day had double the risk of premature death compared to those who watched TV for less than one hour per day -The finding held up even after adjusting for age, gender, diet, smoking history, obesity, and time spent at a computer or behind the wheel. The team found no similar rise in death risk linked to either driving or computer use-though exactly why remains unclear.

The study recommendation: exercise more, avoid long sedentary periods and reduce TV viewing to one to two hours a day.

Im Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the health news for you and your family.

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