Here's another reason to learn those office mantras
and take out that stress ball from your drawer. A
study by researchers at the University College
London reported that people with high job stress
over a long period of time have double the risk of
developing the dreaded metabolic syndrome, a health
condition linked to diabetes, obesity and deranged
blood cholesterol levels. They further suggest that
this link may help explain the relationship between
stressors of everyday life and heart disease.
The study on 10,308 participants aged 35 to 55
defined work stress as being in the lowest third of
work social support, and having high job demands and
low job control. Compared with those who never
reported work stress, those who reported work stress
three or more times over a 14-year study period had
double the risk of metabolic syndrome. Furthermore,
the researchers noticed that the risk increased as
the stress level increased.
The mechanism underlying the relation-ship between
work stress and metabolic syndrome remains unknown,
but it may have something to do with the biochemical
"fight-or-flight" responses of your body to stress.