High-stress jobs have a dangerous impact on our health, study reveals.
Those who have a stressful job may put their health at risk and it seems that the most affected are women.
Metaphorically speaking, people say that their job is killing them. According to a new study, this may not be a metaphor anymore.
The study was conducted on 140,000 workers spread on 3 continents. It was observed that those having a stressful job were 22% more likely to get sick, as opposed to other relaxed workers. The risk was even higher for women, who were 33% more exposed to suffer a stroke.
The results were published on Wednesday in Neurology journal. The study is based on a combination of results taken from previous studies that analyzed the relation between a stressful job and stroke risk.
Those studies kept the participants under observation for approximately 3 to 17 years. They were aged between 18 and 75.
Most of the workers involved in this study had jobs which implied great responsibilities, but they were not necessarily stressful. The researchers grouped the jobs in four categories by using some well-established methods.
One category implies a job that involves a “psychological job demand.” This means a mental effort that helps the worker to achieve the targets. Another category involves “job control,” which means the freedom the workers have in order to achieve their job goals. A thirds category is that of ”passive jobs,” which involve no mental effort. The ”active jobs,” on the other hand, are psychologically demanding and imply the worker’s high control.
The researchers found that people with passive jobs had lower risks of stroke.
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