At Tuesday’s American Heart Association conference, researchers presented the findings of a study looking at the health habits of certain professions. They performed this on a group of 5,000+ people over the age of 45 without a history of heart disease as stroke and looking at factors such as blood sugar, cholesterol, diet and obesity, among others.
Obviously, we’ve seen a lot about the negatives associated bad health habits and sedentary lifestyles but, it’s not often that we see these risks tied to certain professions. The scientists in this study keyed in on some professions that increase our risks.
Salespeople: Poor eating habits and high cholesterol were prevalent among this group.
Administrative staff: Physical inactivity seems to be the biggest health challenge with those in this profession.
Police and Firefighters: 90% of those in this study were overweight or obese. Over 70% had high cholesterol and 35% had high blood pressure.
Transportation/movers: They turned out to be the profession with the most heavy smokers.
Managers: Overall, managers were the healthiest group of participants. However, managers in the financial services. They tended to have poor eating habits.
Obviously, being in one of these professions does not signal doom, just as not being in one of these jobs means that you safe from these “job-related” risks. What this is, however, is a good reminder that our work days don’t exempt us from being mindful about our health. In fact, since many of us spend so much time on the job, we probably need to even more vigilant while at work.
That reminds me. I need to get up and get moving!