Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The Working Long Hours Myth

Myth: Working long hours increases your risk of heart disease.

Truth: This is false.

Individuals working long hours have less time for self-care, socializing, and leisure activities. For this reason, these individuals may be under increased stress. Previous studies have suggested that these working conditions can harm health by increasing the risk of heart disease or stroke. A benefit to working more is financial security, which may counteract the negative effects.

A study conducted in Denmark determined if increased hours were linked to an increased risk of heart disease. The results of this study were published in the journal BMJ Open. The study found no relationship between working long hours and heart disease. The study involved over 100,000 participants. Read more about this study here. 

Reference

  1. Hannerz, H., Larsen, A. D. & Garde, A. H. Long weekly working hours and ischaemic heart disease: A follow-up study among 145 861 randomly selected workers in Denmark. BMJ Open 8 (2018). http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/6/e019807
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