STATES CHRONICLE – Working too much could be exhausting, stressful and could affect your health. On the other hand, in today’s world, nothing ever gets accomplished without hard work. Nevertheless, all work and no play doesn’t keep the doctor away.
According to the latest research, working long hours is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. The study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Texas. The researchers have been looking at data gathered from 1,900 people. The study was a long-term one, conducted in several years.
The findings show that 43 percent of the participants have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease such as heart failure, angina, high blood pressure, heart attack, coronary artery disease or stroke. Considering the work factor, researchers found that for full-time employees, the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease rose by 1 percent for each extra hour they worked per week in more than 10 years.
Compared to people who worked no more than 45 hours per week, for the ones who surpassed this limit, the risk of heart disease was about 16 percent to 35 percent higher for those who worked 60 hours per week.
The findings do not apply to part-time workers since their number of hours is quite limited and doesn’t go over the limit.
It is recommended that people adjust their working schedules in such ways that they do not exceed working hours every week for ten years as this will definitely make them more prone to developing a cardiovascular disease.
The reasons people work so much are various. Some of them have more than one job to earn more money. Other receive bonuses for working extra hours, while others can’t manage their work load in time which leads to several extra hours spent at the office. Furthermore, there are also the people, who, although leave the office after finishing their shift, they go on working from home.
All in all, it almost looks like the world nowadays is filled with workaholics, and if they don’t do something about it individually, then some sort of regulations must be imposed to make sure fewer people are working themselves towards heart failure.
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