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Work Life Balance: High Stress Jobs Cause Strokes

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, January 26th, 2016

Need yet another reason to implement work life balance? A high-stress job, particularly one that is demanding but offers little personal control, may raise the risk for a stroke, according to Chinese researchers.

The studies analyzed six previously published studies from the United States, Sweden, Japan and one in Finland. Nearly 140,000 people were followed for up to 17 years. Studies showed that those with high-stress jobs had a 22% higher risk of stroke than those with low-stress jobs. Among women, the increased risk was even higher at 33%.

reduce work stressHigh-stress jobs often lead to unhealthy behaviors, such as poor eating habits, smoking and a lack of exercise, researchers said.

People in high-stress jobs were 58% more likely to have a stroke than those with low-stress jobs.

Previous studies have shown a connection between work stress and heart disease, but this is the first research to show that association for stroke.

It is vital for people with high-stress occupations to address these lifestyle issues.

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