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Work Stress Now Equals More Hospital Visits Later

Work Stress Now Equals More Hospital Visits Later

Is your job stressing you out?  It may cost you down the road in terms of your health.  A new study has found that mid-life stress at work equates to more illness in old age.

The study, from researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, found that both physical stress and mental stress were linked to more hospital stays as study participants aged.

“Job strain is something that is individually perceived, so persons working in similar jobs can report different amounts of job strain,” said gerontology researcher and lead researcher Mikaela von Bonsdorff. “When talking about job strain it is important to remember that occasional feelings of job strain are not necessarily a bad thing, but persistent high job strain has been identified as a health hazard.”

For the study, researchers compared the national hospital records from the past several decades with health survey information from more than 5,000 middle-aged Finnish public sector employees who were initially surveyed about stress at work in 1981.

Researchers found that the higher the job strain participants felt at mid-life, the greater number of days they spent in the hospital later in life.

“What was interesting was that these associations were clear also when we looked at hospital care that took place after the individuals had turned 65, indicating that these associations were also robust in older age and not that the association was due to hospital care that took place immediately after the baseline assessment of job strain,” von Bonsdorff said.

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4:02AM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

If you are working for a living, don't kill yourself working. It's that simple.

6:54AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Sometimes it is not the job but the people you work with who cause the stress in yr life.

4:58AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Work is never life

4:35AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Thank you :)

9:50PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

This 'stress' business is getting to everyone.
As long as Big Business cares only for profits and greed, they will push people to their limits and get rid of them, when they can't tolerate it any longer.
They know there are many others to be replacements.

4:13AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

thank you

1:39AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Thank you

12:04AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Whenever the economy takes a nose dive, employers use that time to treat us like dirt and stress us out with scare tactics to keep us in line. As if we didn't have enough stress already in other parts of our lives with aging parents or sick kids or whatever else is going on. At some point you realize no matter how hard you work, your employers still don't give a rat's patootie about you, and your hard work won't get you anywhere.

9:56AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

thank you

7:34AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

Stress sucks and I run from it like the plaque. Stress me out...I'm gone no matter where. Work, relationships, family, shopping and on and on I will discontinue to be. If you work or are in any relationship that stresses you out prepare to die young.

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