A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the two occupations that are a sure recipe for heart disease.
CDC researchers analyzed medical data of more than 66,000 Americans from 21 states across nearly two dozen jobs. The analysis showed that social service workers and truck drivers have the highest risk of heart troubles in the entire cohort.
Study investigators based their findings on American Heart Association’s seven criteria that a person needs to meet to have a healthy heart:
- Being non-smoker
- Staying physically active
- Having a healthy BMI
- Having normal blood pressure
- Having normal cholesterol levels
- Having blood glucose within a healthy range
- And being on a healthy diet.
Just 3.5 of study participants met all the criteria. Researchers explained that meeting all the criteria or at least six of them reduces the risk of heart disease in the long run.
The analysis also revealed that 9.6 percent of participants met just one or two criteria. Social services employees and truck drivers or people working in the transportation business fared the worst with 14.6 percent, 14.3 percent respectively meeting just two criteria or fewer. Study authors concluded that these two jobs are the least heart-healthy.
By contrast, occupations that promised a healthy heart were those in fishing, forestry and farming (just 5 percent met one or two criteria). Next in line were people working in arts, entertainment, sports, media and design (with 5.9 percent leading a less healthy life).
CDC researchers based their findings on data generated in the agency’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey in 2013. Cholesterol and blood pressure measurements were based on self-reports.
Study authors also found that truck drivers and other similar occupations in the transportation sector were the least likely to have a healthy weight and a normal blood pressure. These workers also had the lowest levels of physical exercise.
Workers in the food industry were less likely to be smokers, while math employees and IT specialists fared very poorly in cholesterol tests. Additionally, nurses, other personal care workers, and service employees had troubles with blood glucose.
Moreover, even though they had the lowest heart disease risk, workers in the farming, fishing, and forestry industries had the worst diets, with 84.3 percent acknowledging that they sport a “not ideal” diet.
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