UA-63899747-1 Working long hours is associated with increased risk of stroke – Nzinga Harrison, MD
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Well, I have been working on my workaholism for a while now (I know, ironic).  But reading this article has kicked my motivation into high gear.  Researchers out of London reviewed 25 studies done in the U.S., Europe and Australia.  In total, more than 528,000 men and women were reviewed.  The results may shock you.  OK -- on some level, we all know that working long hours is bad for health.  But increasing my risk for stroke?  Nope, didn't know that.  And here's the kicker.  The definition of long hours is NOT 80 hours a week.  Or 70 hours. Or 60 hours. Check this out:

  • People working 41-48 hours a week had a 10% greater risk of stroke than those working standard hours, defined as 35-40 hours a week
  • Stroke risk was 27% higher in people working 49-54 hours a week than in those working standard hours
  • Stroke risk was 33% higher in people working 55 hours a week or more (1.33 (1.11 to 1.61); P=0.002).

And as if that wasn't bad enough, people working more than 55 hours per week also have higher risk of coronary artery disease later in life.

These numbers are no joke folks.  You REALLY need to limit your work hours to 40 or less.  This adds a whole new mean to the phrase work-life balance.  We have got to get our acts together!

The entire article can be accessed here.  You should definitely share this with a friend.

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