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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Working long hours 'is bad for health'

A major new health study has led to a warning being delivered that doing too much overtime could be bad for the body.

Scientists at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health have suggested that working long hours on a regular basis can increase the risk of someone suffering from heart disease by up to 80 per cent.

On top of this, the research group underlined that overtime may be causing thousands of employees across the UK to be struck down by a heart attack or stroke.

The scientists based the findings on the analysis of 12 studies dating back to 1958 and involved 22,000 people from around the globe.

"There are several potential mechanisms that may underlie the association between long working hours and heart disease. One is prolonged exposure to psychological stress," research leader Dr Marianna Virtanen pointed out.

The health study's worrying results could cause employers to alter how they promote overtime within their workplaces.

Only last month, Travelodge found that a third of British employees now work 16 hours a week more than they did just five years previously.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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