Working too long?: image via 123rf.com Just when we were having fun working 12 hour days, along comes a study from the University College London that tells us working that long hours on the job puts us at risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), just like smoking, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Under the direction of professor Mika
Kivimaki, the researchers followed 7,095 civil service workers in London, aged 39 to 62. They were screened for heart disease every 5 years, and at the conclusion of the study at 12.3 years 192 people had developed CAD. Those who worked an average of 10 hours per day had a 45 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who worked 7 to 8 hours a day, but those who worked 11 hours per day had a 67 percent greater risk!
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., and working long hours is getting more and more common here, as well as in other developed countries. When we work long hours though, we are usually guilty of ignoring other health needs like exercise, proper diet, meditation, or just spending relaxing hours with family or friends.
“Current evidence on coronary heart disease prevention
emphasizes the importance of focusing on the total risk rather
than single risk factors,” said Kivimaki, in an email to Bloomberg News. “People who
work long hours should be particularly careful in following
healthy diets, exercising sufficiently and keeping their blood
pressure, cholesterol levels and blood glucose within healthy
Can you keep your job if you 'just say no?' Hmmm.