Those long hours youre putting in at the office could be killing you. A recent study shows those who spend longer at work are more likely to suffer a stroke. Researchers found a 33 percent increased risk of stroke among individuals working 55 hours or more per week compared to those working a standard 35- to 40-hour week.
“In the 35- to 40-hour group, there were fewer than five strokes per 1,000 employees per decade,” says Mika Kivimaki, professor of epidemiology at University College London, who conducted the study. Those who worked 55 hours or more experienced six strokes per 1,000 employees per decade.
Some possible explanations for the correlation are increased releases of fight-or-flight and inflammatory hormones, destabilization of arterial plaque or increased tendency for blood clots. These are all conditions associated with higher stress and physical activity.
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Cutting back on your working hours isn’t always possible, especially for entrepreneurs in the startup phase, who often put in 60-plus hours per week. So, for those who can’t help but put in long hours, Kivimaki says there are a number of things you can do to help avoid the negative health consequences of working long hours. Read more…