Chronic stress at work can make you sick

More than 10 000 people employed in 20 London civil service departments (aged 35-55) were followed up for 14 years in a prospective study published in BMJ.

According to the authors, "a dose-response relation was found between exposure to work stressors over 14 years and risk of the metabolic syndrome. Employees with chronic work stress were more than twice as likely to have the syndrome.

The study provides evidence for the biological plausibility of the link between psychosocial stressors from everyday life and heart disease."

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Chronic stress at work and the metabolic syndrome: prospective study. BMJ 2006;332:521-525 (4 March)
Secrets of greatness: How I work. CNN Money/Furtune.
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Work stress and coronary heart disease: what are the mechanisms? European Heart Journal, doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehm584, 01/2008.

Updated: 01/29/2008

1 comment:

  1. not a good article. interesting idea. what is the metab syn? pretty hazy..