Study Finds Stroke Risk Is Higher Among People Who Work For Longer Hours

While working for long hours is a job requirement that most cannot shrug off, it doesn’t do much good for health. Working for hours on end every single day can lower productivity levels and increase fatigue. It can also compromise on the hours one sleeps and lead to social isolation.

Not maintaining a work-life balance can take a toll on one’s personal lie. From neglected relations to forgotten self-care, working a hefty amount can give one stress. This stress can lead to a number of health concerns and also lower one’s immunity.

Long hours spent working mean more uncomfortable posture with the back and neck bent mostly. This can lead to musculoskeletal disorders. It is essential to give the body the rest it requires to repair, heal, and fuel itself. A previous study from the University College London found that long work hours bump up the risk of cardiovascular disease by 67%. Other studies show that overworking can cause brain damage and obesity.

Now a new research has found that long work hours can increase the risk of stroke in people who are below the age of 50. More on this latest report below.

What Did This New Research Find?

A new study by the American Heart Association that has been published in the journal Stroke has found that working for long hours for a decade or more can increase one’s risk of stroke. For the purpose of this study, researchers looked at reviewed data taken from the CONTANCES population-based study which was conducted in France and began in 2010.

This study had information collected on the age, gender, smoking, and working hours of 143,592 participants who were in the age bracket of 18 to 69. Medical interviews were taken separately for looking at the cardiovascular risk factors and stroke occurrences in participants. Following conclusions were drawn:

  • Of the total participants, 1,224 had had strokes
  • 42,542 people or 29% of them reported working for long hours
  • 14,481 people or 10% of them worked for long hours for more than 10 years
  • Participants who worked long hours had a 29% higher risk of stroke. Those who had been doing so for a decade or more had a 45% greater risk of stroke

In this research, long work hours were defined as working for longer than 10 hours for a minimum of 50 days in one year. People who had strokes before they started working for long hours and part-time employees were excluded from the research work.

Scientists said that this finding that stroke risk was higher among people under the age of 50 who worked for longer hours was unexpected and more research needs to be conducted in this area.

Key Takeaway

Working for long hours for 10 years or more can have detrimental impacts on one’s health. As per a new study, working for long hours can increase the risk of stroke among people who are below 50 years of age. Previous reports show other detrimental impacts that working long hours has on mental and physical health. Keeping this in view, it is necessary to reduce work hours and maintain a healthy work-life balance.