Too much work may be hazardous to your health. Karoshi is the japanese word for "death from overwork." A new study shows a link between working overtime and high blood pressure. From a group of 24,305 California workers, those who worked 51 hours or more each week had 29% higher chance of high blood pressure than those that worked 39 hours or less. Those working 40 hours had a 14% higher chance than the 39 or less group.
The study also found the results are more common for clerical and unskilled work than for professional workers.
This suggests that occupations requiring more challenging and mentally active work may have a protective effect against hypertension.
Trucking companies are hiring seniors to drive their big rigs to help fill the growing shortage of long haul truck drivers. This benefits both the retirees and the trucking companies. The retirees, usually working as husband-wife teams, get a chance at a new career that takes them to new places while earning a pay check. The benefit to the trucking company is a pool of safe drivers eager to work.
On the road, among all drivers, those 55 to 69 have the lowest fatality rates for adults, according to a 2004 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.