Some occupations really are much more likely to have an effect on the female heart and even more negatively than others, but which ones? Let’s look a the study and decide for ourselves.
Having heart problems is becoming a pretty widespread issue for many, especially among older populations, but even then now even younger and younger groups too.
Researchers know that there are many lifestyle factors that can increase the risk of heart disease, these are including a poor diet, reduced levels of physical activity, and smoking goes without saying almost. But, there is one risk factor that does not receive as much attention as it should, that is someone’s occupation.
These recent studies have indicated that it’s absolutely possible to link a person’s occupation with an increased risk of heart disease, or other types of cardiovascular problems.
For example, one study conducted by researchers on a cohort from Japan discovered that individuals in managerial positions, regardless of the industry they are in, face a higher risk of heart disease!
But, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that it remains unclear?? So it’s clear that more research is needed to convince some without a doubt!
Taking place in Philadelphia, PA, between November 16–18, this year’s American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Sessions host Bede Nriagu, and colleagues from Drexel University in Philadelphia. They will present research showing that there is evidence showing that certain types of work have an association with heart disease.
Interestingly though they will also show in that presentation, those occupations show links with a higher risk of health problems in females, according to their study.
Social Workers May Face The Highest Risks Increase
They looked carefully at possible associations between heart health and different occupations in more than 65,000 females, their average age was 63-years-old, and those that had already experienced menopause. The team looked at the participants’ data through the Women’s Health Initiative study.
They considered lifestyle factors, like smoking status, weight, physical activity, and nutrition, as well as health risk factors, like total cholesterol, blood pressure, and fasting blood sugar too. They looked at 20 of the most common occupations among the participants.
Researchers say that around 13% of the females in the study had poor cardiovascular health, and they also found an association between specific jobs and an increased risk of heart health problems too.
Even more so, women who did social work were 36% more likely to have heart health problems than those with other occupations, and retail cashiers had a 33% higher risk of heart conditions.
Nurses, and psychiatrists, as well as home health helpers, had around a 16% higher likelihood of developing heart problems. Of these, nurses, in particular, had a 14% higher risk of heart problems.
They also found further links between some occupations and a lower risk of cardiovascular health issues.
For example, female real estate brokers, as well as sales agents, had a 24% lower risk of heart problems than those in other jobs.
These associations remained in place after the researchers made adjustments for other factors, like the participants’ age, marital status, education, and race too.
The researcher, Bede Nriagu, said:
“Several of the professions that had high risk of poor cardiovascular health were health care providers, such as nurses and home health aides. This is surprising because these women are likely more knowledgeable about cardiovascular health risk factors”
“We interpret this to mean that it’s important to look beyond individual factors, such as health knowledge, to better understand the context of health care and other jobs that negatively impact cardiovascular health in women.”
Well, it certainly gives us food for thought, or should we say occupations that turn out to be a health risk! But we have long suspected that stress levels affect long term health, maybe this is what we are really seeing here, what do you think?