A life insurance underwriting veteran has the data: Working too hard too often could give you a stroke.
Hank George, who spent years writing an underwriting column for National Underwriter Life & Health, talks about the effects of long hours on stroke risk in a new commentary.
George found a recent medical journal article, by a group of researchers led by Marc Fadel, that looked at stroke risk for adults in France.
The researchers used a broad definition of “long work hours.”
The researchers counted a worker as having long work hours if the worker worked more than 10 hours per day for 50 days per year — in other words, if a worker had a work day more than 10 hours long an average of just one day per week.
About 0.9% of the people included in the researchers’ study population had a stroke during the time period covered.
Using the researchers’ definition of long work hours, long work hours increased the overall risk of stroke by 29%, even after adjusting for risk factors such as age, gender, blood pressure, family history and smoking habits.