Moderation can disrupt the addictive nature of wi

Encouraging the moderation, balance and real-life engagement associated with education can combat the overuse of wireless mobile devices and the adverse health effects that come with it, according to a study presented Sunday at ENDO 2022, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nidhi Gupta, MD, founder of KAP Pediatric Endocrinology in Franklin, Tennessee, aimed to examine existing data on the neurosciences underlying wireless mobile device addiction and understand how increased time spent in front of a screen or sedentary lifestyle can increase the prevalence of obesity, dyslipidemia and prediabetes. and type 2 diabetes.

In a previous article, published in the American Journal of Medicine in February 2022, Gupta concluded that wireless mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets are often a source of distraction, error, procrastination and inefficiency in healthcare settings, which can lead to increased risk of burnout. For this study, Gupta investigated how this might impact the population as a whole.

“As a pediatric endocrinologist, the trend of health issues associated with smartphones (obesity, sleep and behavioral issues) worries me. My patients often ask me, ‘What can we do about screen time? “A simple yet loaded question. It opens up multiple avenues to educate and inspire my patients and their families,” Gupta said.

Gupta conducted a comprehensive literature search using the terms ‘smartphone’, ‘screentime’ and ‘phone addiction’ in PubMed and Google Scholar up to May 2021. It included original research articles and review articles based on sample size, trial design and citations. from journals. Books, case studies, news articles, web pages and perspectives were also collected. Of 655 citations initially grouped together, 234 were included.

For every hour/day of increased screen time, Gupta found a 0.05 to 0.07 increase in BMI (p

Use of interactive devices at bedtime resulted in greater difficulty falling asleep and unrefreshing sleep (p

To reduce screen time, Gupta recommends disabling excessive notifications, red badges, removing social media apps, and instead accessing social media through web browsers. Other tips include: Use a traditional alarm clock, promote “green time” rather than screen time, and monitor children’s use of wireless mobile devices. Clinicians could consider wearing a wristwatch instead of using a wireless mobile device as a stopwatch, setting limits for checking email, reducing reliance on text messages, and placing wireless mobile devices in a drawer for 30 minute intervals to work without distractions.


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