MILLIONS of workers who put in lots of overtime may be increasing their odds for a stroke, a new study said.
The study found that working long hours is associated with a significantly increased risk of stroke, and perhaps also coronary heart disease.
The health experts’ advice to all workers burning the midnight oil: Make time for physical activity, ensure a proper diet, watch your alcohol consumption and ensure good sleeping habits.
A second analysis of data from 17 studies included nearly 529,000 men and women who were followed for an average of more than seven years. It found that those who worked 55 hours or more a week were one-third more likely to suffer a stroke than those who worked the standard number of hours.
And the longer hours people worked, the higher their stroke risk, the study found.
Compared to those who worked a standard number of hours per week, the risk of stroke was 10 percent higher among those who worked 41 to 48 hours and 27 percent higher among those who worked 49 to 54 hours.
They found several factors behind the stroke risk — physical inactivity, higher drinking rates and higher stress levels — may be to blame.
The solution: work less.
However, because this solution is highly improbable, workers should be educated that physical activity must be a part of the equation for successful aging and disease prevention.
The study found that “people with long work hours tended not to go to the doctor for evaluations”. However, there are some companies now promoting wellness programs, this will hopefully change.
Many health experts agree with the study saying the findings are further evidence that people need to be mindful of and take responsibility for work-life balance.