All the terms for working too many hours in finance are violent. Getting slammed. Crushed. And, of course, killed. We always considered these to be metaphors but we were wrong. Very, very wrong. Those hours really are pushing up your blood-pressure and, very possibly, killing you, according to a recent study.
Long hours on the job may lead to a greater risk of high blood pressure, particularly for people who don’t have much control over their work, a new study found.
“Other studies have focused on job stress, we focused on long work hours,” said Dr. Dean Baker, director of the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, and lead author of the report in the September issue of Hypertension.
Baker said that focus was possible because the study relied on a mass of data from a 2001 survey of more than 55,000 California households. “It gave us the statistical power to control for lots of causes of high blood pressure,” he said.
After accounting for many other causes of high blood pressure, the researchers said they found a significant association between working more hours and self-reported high blood pressure.
Work Days Linked to High Blood Pressure [CBC News]