As if your job was not difficult enough, new research suggests that men with physically demanding jobs could be at risk of a early death . The increase in risk can be up to 18 percent beyond that of a typical office worker, the researchers said. “Our findings suggest that there are contrasted health outcomes associated with occupational physical activity and leisure time,” said lead researcher Pieter Coenen, of the department of public and occupational health at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. The findings are particularly important because many people are very active in the job , but usually less active during their free time, he said. “Then these men, most of whom are from lower socio-economic groups, are exposed to unhealthy physical activity at work, and benefit only to a lesser extent from the positive health effects of leisure-time physical activity. “, Coenen said. But the study could not prove that physical activity in the work causes an early death he added. “To be fair, we’re still not 100 percent sure – more research is needed,” he noted. In addition, it is not clear if the type of physical work it has an impact on the risk of death, Coenen added. But if I speculate, I can imagine that coal miners, who top the list of occupational physical activity, are also exposed to many other occupational hazards, he said. While being physically active is usually a good thing and could prevent heart disease and even some types of cancer, a sedentary lifestyle is considered unhealthy and has been linked to an increase of about 7 percent in risk of bad results for health, the researchers pointed out. The guidelines encourage people to participate in up to 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise a day, but they do not distinguish between work and leisure activities, Coenen noted. To reduce the Death risk observed with physically intense work, he suggested lowering the activity level in physically demanding jobs. But “an easier option could be to continue encouraging people to remain physically active during leisure time,” Coenen said. “This could help these workers balance the negative health effects of occupational physical activity with the positive effects of physical activity in leisure time.” To see if a difference between physical activity at work or during leisure time affected health, Coenen and his collaborators collected data from 17 previously published studies that included nearly 194,000 men. The studies were conducted between 1960 and 2010. This type of study, called meta-analysis, allows researchers to detect common trends and reach conclusions that perhaps original studies have not sought. The researchers found that men whose job was physically demanding they had a risk of dying early at 18 percent higher compared to men whose work did not involve much physical activity. The increase in risk of death persisted even after taking into account the activity levels in free time, the researchers found. Although the increase was seen in men, it was not detected in women, said Coenen. “Our hypothesis is that women usually work in jobs less physically active, “he said. A US expert UU He noted that the findings make sense. Photo Pixabay. Employed with stress. “Everyone who has painted a house or moved furniture and who also exercises to improve their physical fitness knows that there is a big difference,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Connecticut, and former president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (American College of Lifestyle Medicine). The exercise is designed to offer the greatest benefit for physical fitness while prioritizing comfort, Katz said. “There is a great competition among the manufacturers of exercise equipment to offer the most intense exercise that also optimizes comfort and convenience,” he said. On the contrary, exercise for work is often highly repetitive, stresses certain parts of the body and does not involve others, and can be quite uncomfortable, said Katz. Perhaps there is a direct adverse effect of cumulative physical stress over time, he said. But men assigned to more physically stressful jobs are more likely to have no viable alternatives, Katz noted. “So, it seems that the adverse effect of work done in employment could, additionally or even alternatively, be the adverse effect of poverty, psychological stress, perhaps depression, and other lifestyle differences inherent in those [types of work], “added Katz. The report appears in the May 14 online edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In this note:
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