U.S. Work Levels Increase Risk of Heart Disease. Could a TrekDesk Treadmill Desk Lower It?
Summary: America has long been recognized as the country where employees work the hardest, retire later and work longer hours. While hard work is part of the national zeitgeist it is now thought it might also contribute to increase risks of heart disease.
The United States leads the developed world in work productivity however new research from Tel Aviv University has shown that all that hard work may also be leading to an increased risk of heart disease. Long work hours, high stress levels and increasing levels of inactivity are among the trade-offs cited for the increased risk, all problems that may be mitigated by using a TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.
8,338 healthy employed men and women aged 19 to 67 were studied for a period of 3.4 years monitoring for elements of work related burnout and cardiovascular disease. The journal Psychosomatic Medicine published the study this month from Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Management which establishes a direct link to between the factors that lead to job burnout and cardiovascular disease. The study found a 40% increased risk of heart disease due to job factors that led to burnout.
The study’s lead scientist Dr. Sharon Toker depicted the results (found at http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org) as “alarming” noting that burnout factors were actually a stronger predictor of heart disease than physical activity, blood lipids and smoking.
“This study is important in that it adds to the body of evidence that long periods of inactivity increase the risk of heart disease, despite not separating the specific components associated with job burnout,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk. “Walking has already been shown to lower the risk of initial heart attacks by 90% and reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The challenge for most employees today if finding time to walk enough during the day to achieve these health benefits.”