Physically Demanding Work Raises Heart Risk in Unfit Men: Study

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Physically Demanding Work Raises Heart Risk in Unfit Men: Study
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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 10:07am

According to this article on Health Day News:

Physically unfit men who do heavy work may be at increased risk for fatal heart attack, a new study says.

It also found that income did not influence this risk, even though men in lower socioeconomic levels are more likely to have lifestyle risk factors such as obesity and smoking. READ MORE

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

It makes sense to me--if you have a physically demanding job, it's hard to have energy left to get on the treadmill for an hour or so at night. I talked to my contractor about it.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

I wonder if the 14% vs 9% risk was statistically significant?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

It was a Danish study where fast food isn't nrealy as prevalent as it is here.






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Registered: 01-03-2001

lol I have a physically undemanding job (sit at a desk) and even then I have trouble finding the energy to work out. I totally get why someone would not want to exercise at the end of a hard work day.

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Actually, my family just went through our annual enrollment plan and we are getting quite a large discount for being non-smokers. While I'd love to have further discounts for being healthy (good weight, exercise regularly, etc), I worry how "healthy lifestyle" could be defined in the long run. KWIM?

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Rather than to tax unhealthy food, perhaps it would make more sense to do something to lower the prices of healthy foods. It's often cheaper and easier for someone to take 4 kids to grab a burger or taco off a "value" menu for dinner than it is to get a few items at the grocery and cook dinner at home.

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

To be honest, I never have energy at the end of a day to work out. I just use my job as an excuse.:smileywink:






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

I so support this idea. Vegetables are so much more expensive and with all the farm subsidies going to corn, so much of our processed foods come from corn (high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, etc.) and we're feeding corn to animals that don't normally eat corn. If you've read Omnivore's Dilemma, it's eye opening,






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

When I worked in the blood industry, the staff at blood banks pointed out donations where there was a visible layer of fat on the top of the blood, and they noted, "they ate a fast food meal prior to donating."

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003

That's a very positive line of behavior...I think a combination of those two would be good - positive and negative reinforcement in balance?

Can you imagine a $1 veggie wrap instead of a $1 cheeseburger?

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