Women Who Work Long Hours May Face Higher Risk Of Certain Chronic Diseases

HealthDay (6/21, Doheny) reports that research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests “years of working long hours…may take a steep toll on” one’s “health – and that’s especially true for women.” When investigators “compared men who worked more than 60 hours a week to those who worked 30 to 40, they found those who worked the longer hours had more than twice the risk of getting osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.” However, men “who worked 41 to 50 hours had a lower risk of heart disease, lung disease and depression.”

Medical Daily (6/21, Bushak) reports, however, that “women who averaged 60 hours or more in a work week had a threefold risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble, and arthritis.” The investigators “found that the risk for these chronic health issues began increasing when women worked more than 40 hours a week, but they got even worse if the average work week was over 50 hours.”

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— “Long Work Hours May Hurt Your Health,” Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay, June 21, 2016.

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