When the pressure at work increases, also the risk for coronary heart disease increases. This serious condition disturbs the circulation of blood in the heart muscle. Doctors at the University College draw this conclusion from the results of a long term study. They have followed 10.300 London based employees since 1985. They didn’t only pay attention to the direct influence of stress, but also unhealthy habits that stem from the stress, like unhealthy eating, smoking and drinking.
A third of the problems come from bad habits. The workers got metabolic syndrome because of that. This includes obesity, metabolic problems, high blood pressure and diabetes. The effects showed most clearly in men and women under 50. This is most likely because older employees are put in less stressful situations.
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