Working Long Hours Brings Risk of Stroke Report Published
(Things People Can Do To Reduce The Risk Of Stroke)
Working long hours has been linked to an increased risk of stroke in a recently published report.
Researchers, from Angers University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, looked at data on age, smoking and working hours from a population study of more than 143,000 adults.
Long hours was defined in the French study as more than 10 hours on at least 50 days a year. Just under a third worked long hours, with 10% working long hours for 10 years or more. People who worked long hours for more than a decade were at the greatest risk of stroke, the researchers concluded.
Overall, 1,224 of those in the study had had a stroke. But the UK’s Stroke Association Charity said there were lots of things people could do to counteract the effects of long hours, like exercising and eating well.
The research, published in the American Heart Association’s journal ‘Stroke’, said people working long hours had a 29% greater risk of stroke, and those doing so for 10 years or more had a 45% greater risk.
Part-time workers and those who suffered strokes before working long hours were excluded from the study.
Dr. Alexis Descatha, who led the research stated that the association between 10 years of long work hours and stroke seemed stronger for people under the age of 50. This was unexpected. Further research is needed to explore this finding.
This study looked at numbers, rather than reasons, but other research has found people who run their own businesses, chief executives and managers seem less affected by long hours — as opposed to those working irregular shifts and nights, or who have job-related stress.
Things People Can Do To Reduce The Risk Of Stroke
Dr. Richard Francis, head of research at the Stroke Association Charity stated that there are lots of simple things people can do to reduce the risk of a stroke, even if they work long hours:-
- Eating a healthy diet
- Finding the time to exercise
- Stopping smoking and
- Getting the recommended amount of sleep can and does make a big difference to people’s health.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer