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Do You Have a 9-5 Desk Job? Then this is for you!

It is a fact that we spend a great deal of our time staring at screens, sitting in comfortable chairs, a practice that is fatal for us in more ways than one

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Is your desk job bad for your health? Pixabay

New Delhi, October 10, 2017 : Have you been sitting at your desk, glued to your computer since the morning? Or have not had the chance to get up and stretch because of continuous classes? We urge you to get up, and walk out right now! No, we don’t mean quit what you are doing; we simply suggest you take a break, stretch and move a little. A new research has revealed that sitting for long hours can play an immediate role in early death. However, according to experts, the risk can be countered by moving around every half-hour.

We have all been toying around the idea for as far as we can remember – Is a desk job bad for your health?

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Do you spend long hours on your work-desk? Pixabay

According to a new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, experts have confirmed what had long been suspected: Yes, your desk job is slowly killing you.

Researchers have now found a complimentary link between long sitting hours and the risk of an early death suggesting that indulging in one may lead to the other.

Is Your Desk Job Killing you ? Researchers Find Out

The study involved observing 7,985 adults over a course of four years, taking into account their age, and other patterns of a sedentary lifestyle,

  • Duration spent seated
  • How often they got up for breaks
  • Activities undertaken during the breaks

It was revealed that an inactive work-life, i.e. individuals who spend extended periods of time sitting on their desks are more likely to counter health issues.

Study Outcome

On an average, each individual sits for over 9 hours – that is more than the hours we spend sleeping! This new sedentary lifestyle is not in sync with our biological needs and hence, destructive of our overall well being.

To answer the question if a desk job is bad for our health, the study co-author, Keith Diaz believes “We found that the longer your movement break the better (that is, the lower your risk of death), and the more intense your movement break the better”.

As per the study, the least designation of a movement break amounts to a minute.

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Diaz hypothesizes that long working hours when balanced with regular physical movement may help to stabilize stress levels, alongside keeping the blood sugar levels in check and preventing the formation of blood clots in the legs due to inactivity.

Is Your Desk Job Bad For Your Health?

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Sitting on your work-desk for extended hours may be the reason for the shooting pain in your back and body. Pixabay

 

It is being believed that sitting continuously for long hours will not only take years off your life (and even meager exercise every day will not help), but will also come with soaring stress levels and a host of other problems that don’t show physical symptoms for years.

Additionally, individuals sitting for long hours on desks are at an increasing risk of developing muscular skeletal disorders, diabetes, and heart illnesses.

Experts have now come to believe that sitting is the new smoking of our generation.

 

 

What Can You Do About It?

It is a fact that we spend a great deal of our time staring at screens, sitting in comfortable chairs, a practice that is fatal for us in more ways than one. Fortunately, apart from movement breaks, there are a few basic changes that can help,

  • Do not work for more than 10 hours

Working for more than 10 hours leads to elevated stress levels. Several researchers have accounted that individuals who work for extended hours have a 60 per cent greater risk of developing a multitude of cardiovascular diseases.

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  • Do not work for a bad boss

According to a study published in The Washington Post, working for a bad boss can lead to chronic stress, additionally linked to a host of other ailments like anxiety, depression, sleep issues, high blood pressure and weight issues.

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Not happy with your boss? Turns out that can take a toll on your health. Pixabay
  • Do not type for long hours

An excessive amount of typing can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), that causes strain to the wrist and the pain can extend all the way up to the arm. The hitch can be aggravated if not tended to on time.

  • Do not miss breakfast

Constantly on the run and missing the most important meal of the day, courtesy a busy lifestyle? That’s the worst thing you can do to your body. Missing breakfast puts your body in a stressful state and interrupts your metabolism.

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Does Depression Increase risk of Early Death in Women? A new study answers

The findings showed that the risk of death associated with depression appeared strongest in the years following a depressive episode.

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Depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women. Wikimedia

Toronto, October 23, 2017 : Due to the pressure caused by changing societal roles and multiple responsibilities, depression has significantly increased the risk of early death in women, a study has found.

The findings showed that the risk of death associated with depression appeared strongest in the years following a depressive episode.

“During the recent years in which women’s risk of death increased significantly, roles have changed dramatically both at home and in the workplace, and many women shoulder multiple responsibilities and expectations,” said Ian Colman from the University of Ottawa.

In the study, the lifespan for young adults with depression at age 25 was markedly shorter over the 60-year period — the lifespan shortened ranging from 10 to 12 fewer years of life, then four to seven years and later seven to 18 fewer years of life.

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“At first the association was limited to men, but in later years it was seen for women as well,” said Stephen Gilman from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Maryland, US.

For the study, published in CMAJ, the team looked at 60 years of mental health data on 3410 adults from a region in Atlantic Canada and linked the data to deaths in the Canadian Mortality Database.

Though depression has also been linked with poorer diet, lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption — all factors that can result in chronic health conditions — did not explain the increased risk of death associated with depression in this study, the researchers noted.

Family physicians should monitor the patients for mood disturbances, especially recurrent episodes of depression, so that they may offer treatment and support, the researchers suggested. (IANS)

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Urban lifestyle: The culprit behind high cholesterol levels among young adults

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By Nithin Sridhar

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A latest study conducted by Raman Puri, chairman of Lipid Association of India, has revealed that at least 23% of youths in Delhi who are below the age of 19-years have high cholesterol levels.

During the study, samples from 2,508 boys and girls were taken and analyzed. The study also revealed that females are more prone to cholesterol risks than males.

Ram Puri has been quoted as saying: “High prevalence of atherogenic lipid profile (reason behind heart attack and stroke), low HDL levels (good cholesterol) and high body mass index has been noted in the youth population in Delhi and its adjoining areas.”

The study has again shed light on dangers of cholesterol and associated unhealthy lifestyle.

What is cholesterol and how does it affect people?

Cholesterol is basically a fat substance that is produced in liver and released into bloodstream. It can also enter the bloodstream through the food one eats. Cholesterol plays a vital role in maintaining structural integrity and fluidity of cell membranes.

There are three types of cholesterol: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol, Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and Triglycerides. The LDL causes cholesterol buildup and blockages in the arteries, whereas HDL relieves such blockages by expelling the extra cholesterol from the arteries. Therefore, LDL is bad for heart as it can cause chest pain, heart attack, kidney problems, strokes etc. whereas HDL is good as it prevents heart problems and lowers the risk of getting heart attacks.

Triglycerides are another kind of fats that are harmful to heart if present in high levels. They are most often found in people who are either alcoholics or have diabetes.

The total cholesterol level in the bloodstream should be maintained below 200 mg/dL and anything beyond 240 mg/dL is considered high and harmful. The LDL specifically must be below 100 mg/dL and anything higher than 160 mg/dl is considered very risky.

The HDL levels of good cholesterol should be at least 60 mg/dL and anything lower than 40 mg/dL is considered risky. Triglycerides are considered risky if their levels are beyond 200 mg/dL.

Cholesterol and Urban Lifestyle

The three major factors that give rise to high cholesterol are diet, body-weight and physical activity. The diet should be limited to low-fat foods. Foods containing high levels of fats like meat and full fat dairy products will give increased cholesterol level. Additionally, the junk foods and oily foods also contribute to obesity and increased cholesterol levels.

The urban lifestyle is such that people are too busy in their lives to spend time in taking care of their body. In an over populated city like Delhi, there is a dearth of parks and grounds where children can play and adults can go for a walk. Moreover, students are too busy watching TV or are occupied with their studies or are using computers, so they rarely go out.

Hence, the very lifestyle that is being followed in metros and other urban areas is the main culprit behind increased cholesterol levels in young people. The fast foods, the road-side foods, smoking and alcohol, excessive meat consumption, daily routine that includes school, homework, TV and internet with very less physical outdoor activities are all contributing towards increasing health issues among young adults.

Reducing cholesterol level

Instead of going for medical interventions to reduce cholesterol levels, one to should work on the three issues of diet, body-weight, and physical activity. People should eat foods which contain low levels of fat and more amounts of proteins, fiber, and other vitamins.

People should also reduce intake of meat and dairy products and must avoid fast-foods. Smoking and alcohol intake must be reduced and if possible, totally avoided. Physical workout in the form of walking, jogging, exercises or yoga must be practiced for at least 30 minutes daily.

These simple actions that regulate food and physical activity will go a long way in keeping cholesterol levels within permissible limits and improving the general health of the people.