Long working hours put health conditions on risk


Working longer duration has become an unfortunate part of modern lifestyles. The longer duration increases life-threatening diseases among women, says a study.

According to Nature World News, latest research from the Ohio State University found that women working 60 hours a week or more for over 30 years poses increase risk of cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and arthritis by three folds.

“Women … especially women who have to juggle multiple roles …feel the effects of intensive work experiences and that can set the table for a variety of illnesses and disability,” said Allard Dembe, professor of health services management and policy and lead author of the study.

“People don’t think that much about how their early work experiences affect them down the road,” he said. “Women in their 20s, 30s and 40s are setting themselves up for problems later in life.”

As per Science Daily, the study was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, analyzed data from interviews from 7,500 people who were part of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

The researchers averaged the reported work hours each week over a 32-year period and compared the hours worked to the incidence of eight chronic diseases i.e. cancer, heart disease, arthritis or rheumatism, diabetes or high blood sugar, chronic lung disease, asthma, depression and high blood pressure.

The results indicate a clear and strong relationship between long hours of work and cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes, especially among women.

Working long hours has its own set of health risks, as previous studies shows that workers who put in long hours face more stress, have more sleep and digestive trouble and are more fatigued, which results in decline in performance and having more injuries on job.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2016

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