POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 5:10pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 3:10pm
MCALLEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A new study reveals an unhealthy lifestyle combined with job stress is taking a toll on more Americans.
M.D. Carlos E. Morales is a Cardiology specialist in McAllen. Morales says, "Stress can directly affect your arteries based on excess inflammation, but indirectly it can also affect your health. "
The research reveals an unhealthy lifestyle combined with job anxiety, can take its toll on your heart.
Morales says stress is a normal part of life, but it's how you handle, which makes a difference. Morales says, "Stress is part of life and there is no way anyone can live without stress, the difference is how you handle it."
And handling stress may be alot easier said than done.
A study of over 15, 000 adults found that work-related stress can have an increased risk of heart disease, but that risk was even higher when they also had at least two unhealthy behaviors, like smoking, excessive drinking, physical in-activity and obesity.
For this reason doctors say it's about making personal choices when it comes to eating. They say it's about little choices like eating a salad over the greasy hamburger.
If seeing the negative impacts of eating unhealthy isn't enough, a different study suggests work-related exhaustion can have harmful aging effects.
As for the most stressful jobs: commercial pilot made number on the list.