Saturday, June 24, 2006

Getting Fired May Be Dangerous to your health?

I came across this and thought it would be good for my readers to know. Our health is something precious and something we should take care of through proper fitness and a healthy diet. But this surprised me.

Make it a Great Day,

Getting Fired May Be Dangerous

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- No one likes to get fired, but a new study suggests it could be dangerous. According to researchers from Yale University School of Medicine, losing your job could double your risk of heart attack or stroke if it happens late in your career.

These findings come from a large-scale study that involved more than 12,500 people from 8,000 households. For this portion of the study, more than 4,300 people between ages 51 and 61 who still carried jobs were surveyed. A follow-up was completed 10 years later. At that time, 1,200 people had retired. Another 450 had temporarily stopped working while 960 had left work for other reasons. An additional 600 had died.

Researchers discovered many of the people who reported suffering a heart attack or stroke were no longer working, and many suffered the heart incident following loss of their job. In fact, it seems the risk of heart attack or stroke is substantial. People who lost their job after age 50 were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those of the same age who were still working.

These findings, researchers say, hold true even after taking into account other risk factors for heart problems such as obesity, tobacco use, hypertension and diabetes.

The stress associated with job loss is believed to be behind the increased risk for heart problems. Researchers point to loss of social relationships, loss of pension and savings needed post-retirement, and reduced probability of reemployment as some of the key aggravating factors.

Based on these findings, the researchers encourage physicians who treat those individuals who lose their jobs as they near retirement should consider the risk factors associated with the life-altering event. Researchers conclude, "Based on our results, the true costs of unemployment exceed the obvious economic costs and include substantial health consequences as well."

SOURCE: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, published online June 22, 2006

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