Saturday 1 October 2016

A hard day's fright

Published 05/07/2016 | 02:30

Women who work 60 hours a week increase their risk of life-threatening illness
Women who work 60 hours a week increase their risk of life-threatening illness

Do you spend around 60 hours a week at work? And have you done so over three decades?

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If you have and you are female, you increase risk of developing life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer.

Many women in their 20s, 30s and 40s are setting themselves up for problems later in life.

Men who worked long hours had a higher incidence of arthritis, but none of the other chronic diseases.

Women tend to take on the lion's share of family responsibility and may face more pressure and stress than men when they work long hours.

The research was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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