Mid-life job stress can cause health problems later

2013-12-27 16:34

Physical and mental job strain now may lead to hospital stays later in life.

More strain at work might mean more illness in old age, according to a new study from Finland.

The study found both physical and mental job strain was tied to hospital stays later in life.

Mental job strain can come from tight deadlines, high demands and having little control over one’s work while physical strain includes sweating, breathlessness and muscle strain.

“Job strain is something that is individually perceived, so persons working in similar jobs can report different amounts of job strain,” lead researcher Mikaela von Bonsdorff said.

“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.”

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