Your work offers you a defined social role, purpose, friendships, and structured time. However, a recent UK study found that “job strain” was linked to a 23% increase in risk for heart attacks and deaths from coronary heart disease. One of the researchers, Prof Mika Kivimaki, from University College London, said:
“We know smokers with job strain are more likely to smoke a bit more, active people with job strain are more likely to become inactive and there is a link with obesity.”
With the recent great recession and downsizing, on-the-job stress has reached near-epidemic proportions In a recent survey, about 46 percent of workers said they’re feeling too much pressure at work.
“People are putting in long hours, taking work home and giving up much-needed vacation time,” says Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D., author of Chained to the Desk.
“Many of us are so busy we don’t even eat lunch anymore.”
Our success-addicted culture may make you think stress is all in a day’s work, but that daily pressure may be harming your health. “Chronic stress has seriously damaging effects,” says Naomi Swanson, Ph.D., a Cincinnati-based researcher with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
“If your job stresses you out, your natural defenses are constantly on high alert.”
Stress hormones, like cortisol, flood your body, and the buildup may have a wear-and-tear effect. Wear and tear goes deeper than feeling run-down. A high-pressure job can actually double your risk of a heart attack, and a recent study reveals that chronic work stress can be just as bad on your mental and physical well-being as smoking and not exercising. Even working in a noisy office can cause stress hormones to rise to unhealthy levels.
This is very concerning when we consider the following facts:
Risks of Heart Disease and Stroke in Canada:
Every 7 minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke (Statistics Canada, 2011c).
Heart disease and stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada. These statistics are based on 2008 data (the latest year available from Statistics Canada).
In 2008 cardiovascular disease accounted for (Statistics Canada, 2011c):
29% of all deaths in Canada (69,703 deaths – or more than 69,500)
28% of all male deaths
29.7% of all female deaths
In 2008, of all cardiovascular deaths (Statistics Canada, 2011c):
54% were due to ischemic heart disease
20% to stroke
23% to heart attack
Risk of Cancer in Canada:
An estimated 187,600 new cases of cancer and 75,500 deaths from cancer will occur in Canada in 2013. (The number of estimated new cases does not include 81,700 new non-melanoma skin cancer cases.)
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for about 30% of all deaths.
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