When you work at a stressful job, it’s especially important to compensate by taking good care of your health, suggests a study recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journals. The combination of job stress and an unhealthy lifestyle puts you at greater risk for coronary artery disease than just the pressure alone.
To see whether healthy living could reduce the effects of job stress on heart disease, researchers looked at more than 100,000 disease-free adults in Europe during a 15-year period; 16 percent reported job stress. The health experts then examined whether the stressed individuals smoked, consumed alcohol, were physically active and were normal body weight. Those with unhealthy lifestyle habits had more than twice the incidence of coronary artery disease.