The Risk Of Being Married To Your Job
The risks to your health from over-working are very real

September 2, 2011

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Getting along with your boss is more important for your wellbeing than getting on with your wife, Indiana University researchers found. They discovered that 50 percent of men had a tense relationship with their bosses, leading to health problems. “How you get on with your boss predicts whether or not you’re at risk of depression,” says lead researcher Brad Gilbreath.

A survey at Chiltern’s University College found a bad boss can raise your blood pressure, upping your odds of heart disease by 20 percent. Get in their good books by taking them for coffee. Studies at Yale found that a hot drink will cause them to subconsciously view you as a warmer, more likeable person.

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Why You Should Stick With The Day Shift


A United Nations report says working the night shift increases your chances of getting cancer. The researchers concluded that working too many night shifts disrupts your circadian rhythm – your internal body clock – and could lead to cancer. “Constant light, dim light at night or simulated chronic jet lag can substantially increase tumour development,” the report said. “Other experimental studies show that reducing melatonin levels at night increases the incidence or growth of tumours.” If you can’t switch to day shifts, then lower your risk by popping a melatonin pill. Melatonin is key to keeping your circadian rhythm in time.

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Escape The Office


Are you chained to your desk? Break free – your life may depend on it. The New Zealand National Medical Research Institute found that a third of patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) were office workers. If left untreated these clots can cause chest pain, heart attacks and strokes.
The fix is as cheap and easy as they come: just follow these three steps.

  1. A recent survey found that taking blood-thinning aspirin can cut your DVT risk by a third.
  2. Get up and talk to your colleagues, say University of Lancaster scientists. Walking will get your blood pumping.
  3. Cut your salt intake – it causes fluid retention, making it harder for blood to travel through your arteries.

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