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Could your job be slowly killing you?

by , 11 January 2013

Many people have used the expression, “this job will be the death of me”, well they may be right. Your job could be really killing you.

Studies show that chronic stress can increase the risk of death by 50% over 20 years.
 
High stress levels caused by your job are deadly. The strain could be more that what your heart could handle.
 
Dr Mark Stengler of Health Revelations says that “one new analysis of thirteen studies finds that “job strain” or stress from a poor work environment or a lousy boss can boost your risk of a heart attack and death from coronary artery disease by 23%.”
 
So if you think your job is a health risk, the words “I quit” could save you from a heart attack.
 
“Because so many people battle that kind of stress each day, the researchers say eliminating it completely would actually reduce the number of first coronary events such as a heart attack by 3.4%,”explains Dr Stengler.
 
However, Dr Stengler warns that while it's important to leave a place that's killing you, make sure you find something else before you quit.
 
A study by John Molson School of Business suggests that many people who stay in jobs they hate are causing harm both to themselves, and their companies.
 
But, it’s not only your job that can be a source of stress in your life. Be mindful of other factors that may be taking a toll on your heart.
“Eliminating smoking, by comparison, would wipe out more than a third of all first coronary events, so if you smoke, your job isn't the only thing you should quit,” says Dr Stengler.
 
Watch your stress levels
 
Some researchers say it’s important to learn how to recognise when your stress levels are out of control, because the most dangerous thing about stress is how easily it can creep up on you. It starts to feels familiar even normal. You don’t notice how much it’s affecting you, even as it takes a heavy toll. Stress affects the mind, body, and behaviour in many ways, and everyone experiences stress differently.
 
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