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How does stress adversely impact workers?

Do you have a stressful job? If so, then the way that you feel could be adversely impacting your health. A recent Psychosomatic Medicine journal article captured how individuals who hold down demanding jobs are 45% more likely to become diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than others with less stressful careers. Other studies show that stress adversely affects workers in many other ways too.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study revealed that workers who have stressful jobs have up to 50% higher medical expenses than those who don’t. CDC data also shows that the longer a worker endures stress, the more likely that they are to develop psychological and musculoskeletal conditions or cardiovascular disease.

One of the reasons why Type 2 diabetes is so prevalent among stressed workers is because they find their job to be too taxing or time-intensive to take time out of their day to cook for themselves, to consume a healthy snack or to exercise. A more sedentary lifestyle and poor diet lead these workers to gain weight, develop high blood pressure and other serious health problems. An employee’s health may continue to deteriorate unless these conditions are addressed.

Workers who find themselves performing high-impact labor are the employees who are most likely to develop musculoskeletal conditions. Workers who spend a lot of time walking on hard surfaces are often diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, joint pain or inflammation and stress fractures.

One of the more common mental health concerns that workers in high-stress jobs have to reckon with is anxiety. It’s not uncommon for newly promoted workers to feel overwhelmed at how much they have to learn. This often leads these individuals to develop panic attacks.

You, as a worker, should address how you’re feeling with your bosses early on to make sure that they understand how you’re feeling. You may want to transfer to a different role or line of work if the one that you’re in isn’t manageable.

If your health has declined so much to the point that you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic or serious medical condition, then you may qualify for compensated medical care. An attorney can review your health records and let you know if your prospects of securing workers’ compensation or other benefits in your case here in Dauphin or any other part of Pennsylvania.


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