Past research has linked excessive screen use to psychological and physical health problems. New research published in Frontiers in Aging unveiled the potential for blue light emitted from such devices affecting basic cellular functions and aging processes.
Excessive exposure to blue light from electronic devices involve mobile phones, computers, and televisions. It may affect a variety of cells in our body, including sensory neurons.
“We are the first to show that the levels of specific metabolites – chemicals that are essential for cells to function correctly – are altered in fruit flies exposed to blue light,” the authors explained in a news release.
“Our study suggests that avoidance of excessive blue light exposure may be a good anti-aging strategy.”
“The results from this study suggests that future research involving human cells is needed to establish the extent to which human cells may show similar changes in metabolites involved in energy production in response to excessive exposure to blue light,” the authors concluded.