Watching Television doesn't work your Brain

@zandi458 (27952)
Malaysia
June 6, 2007 10:55am CST
People who are mentally and physically less active in middle age are three times more likely to get alzheimer's disease later in life. It has been reported that brain scan show that exercising the brain - such as when navigating while driving or practising the piano makes the parts used grow, while less used areas shrink. When watching television the brain goes into neutral. My father passed away last year and we were in the dark when the doctor told us that 'his brain is shrinking' How do we know that we have alzeimer's disease?
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• United States
6 Jun 07
i dont have alzhiemers however i sure have sometimers LOL
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
Good if you don't have it but be mentally active as mental inactivity has proven to cause alzhiemers disease.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
6 Jun 07
well my mom fiannly gave up on thinking she didnt have alzhimers and she dont she just has short term memory but she did have dementcia and then later they gave here pills to slow down the alzhimers which she still dont have she had a stroke she is 87 sharp as a tack on long term memory.She kept very busy by playing the organ and doing things never sat to long infront of tv. Me am at the computer all the time or chasing granddaughter so I dont think my brain is sleeping lool. but it is very hard on people to all of a sudden fall to alzhimers for it creeps up on you. I never heard of a shrinking brain but I guess it can happen if you dont use it .So sorry for your loss I hope you are ok.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
I have come to terms with the loss of my father. But have to analyse why his brain shrink and try to avoid to go through what he has been doing to cause his brain shrinkage. I am also in the dark as to this medical conclusion like having brain shrinking, kidney and liver shutting down. Maybe all this happen due to lack of health care which expedite internal aging. My father was 73 years old. He could have lived a few more years if he had been health conscious.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Jun 07
I know it is very confusing. We have always tried to eat right for son in laws father had a by pass on heart at the age of 41 so we watch what we eat reall always have. But when my hubby was diagnosed with Cancer we had no answers for it he took chemo and every thing we could do we did he only lasted 9 months after that and really were no signs that he was that sick. he was just turned 62 and that was 2 1/2 years ago took me along time to stop cring every day.
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@farazkh1 (1157)
• Pakistan
7 Jun 07
Do you mean to say that ....watching Tv is the cure for alzemeimer's disease ......? please tell me what were you saying and i am amazed while reading the story i never knew that kind of disease ever i must get more knowledge about it just for information thanks for sharing .........
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
10 Jun 07
No don't misunderstand the discussion. Watching tv will not work your mind. We need our mind to be active to avoid alxeimer's disease. Watching tv is not good for aged people.
@banta78 (4335)
• India
7 Jun 07
I am sorry to learn that your father passed away last year. I don't watch much television myself nowadays. I had read that one can get alzheimer's disease later in life if one doesn't exercise ones' brain. So i try to read newspaper daily , do word puzzles occasionally. Hopefully keep my brain involved will help matters. Cheers:)
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
You are on the road to good mental care.
@stella1989 (2274)
• India
7 Jun 07
..!! That was scary. Now I guess I'll get a phobic of my TV! It was something new for me to my knowledge area! Thanks for letting us know about it! I guess I must indugle in more realistic life rather than this digital world! I tend to watch TV almost whole of the day( its my holidays) I must do somethings else rather than letting my brain shrink!! Thankyou Zandi458.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
We have to spend less hours in front of the tv to avoid getting alzeimers disease. Probably you can check out in the internet to get further information on this as I have only read it on medical journal I picked up at the clinic.
@nandans (1161)
• India
7 Jun 07
Watching TV has always given ill effects.. Its not good for your eyes, brain and overall body..
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
Who ever invent tv should come up with counter remedy to rectify the bad effect.
@anmech (44)
• Philippines
7 Jun 07
well that is scary....how about if you are playing computer all day....is it just like watching tv, would you get alzheimer's from doing it.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
I have been worrying about this too as I am so much addicted to mylot and spend hours here. Maybe it works the brain cos we have to think of what to write.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
6 Jun 07
I'm sorry to hear about your dad. i don't watch much television anymore and I have to really block out everything else to sit and focus and pay attention to a show. I guess that would cause the brain to shrink a bit. Who knows? I am always using my brain for something. It is a wander my head or brain hasn't got bigger, LOL.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
People who frequently uses their brain in work or leisure rarely gets sick.
@mamacathie (3929)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Yes, I have heard that people that even do crossword puzzles or word search puzzles will stay alert much longer. The more you exercise your brain the better you are. I had never heard of the brain shrinking but I guess that is exactly what it does. It shrinks because of no exercise.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
For me it was my first time hearing about brain shrinkage from the doctor that day. We have to be mentally active as part of preventive measure from getting alziemers dieseas.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Jun 07
It depends on what you watch. We watch shows that teach things. Gardening, weather, who dun its and even game shows can keep your mind working. Of course often when I watch I also am doing other things. Multi tasking. Anyway, Alzhiemers is a bad thing though little is understood and it probably is linked to diet in some way. Sorry for your loss and I hope Alzhiemers does not visit your family again.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
The sign is already showing in my 75 years old mom. She doesn't understand why tv can cause ill health.
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Wow this is interesting. I haven't really thought about it but it wonders. As for watching tv there is nothing good on anymore.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
Yes tv progammes are so boring. So we might as well chit chat in mylot at least it makes our brain work on responses.
6 Jun 07
This is really interesting. I didn't know that link. I think it is true that a lot of people just sit all evening watching TV and not exercising their brains at all, when they could be doing so much more interestint things. In my opinion the TV is the worst invention ever.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
7 Jun 07
This is medically true that our brain will shrink if it is not active. TV is only a joy to the eyes but it will not make us healthy physcially and mentally.
@nill_07 (1104)
• Bangladesh
10 Jun 07
Over conciousness may comes depression for few times.. So plz dont think about much alzeimer's. You have two good points on your discussion like.. 1.Active work helps to grow our brain. 2.Vice versa Actually, it really should be.. I think so!!
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
7 Jun 07
I don't believe all television puts your brain in neutral. If you watch cartoons, adult dirt, and sit coms all the time maybe. There are plenty of good educational programs and good challenging game shows on there, for both children and adults. Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, science programs, National Geographic are all great for the mind, just to name a few. Although televangelists get a bad rap at times, there are many good solid Biblical shows on, and for some people who are unable to get out of their homes, that is all the church worship they have. I do believe one can worship without going to church, but sometimes structure can be good too.
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