Diabetes and heart diseases can be triggered by stress at the place of work, according to a recent study conducted by the University College London (UCL). The biological connection between stress and poor health has also been identified by the study. There appears to be a connection between the metabolic syndrome and stress among the 10,000 civil servants belonging to the age group of 35 years to 55 years who were studied, which also involves high blood pressure and obesity.
Those who have chronic work stress run a higher chance of developing this condition. The work stress levels were measured as many as four times between the years 1985 and 1999. The different aspects pertaining to metabolic syndrome were also measured, which lead to diabetes and heart diseases. Other factors like lack of exercise, high alcohol consumption, smoking tobacco, and social class were also studied.
The metabolic syndrome symptoms were seen to be directly connected to stress at the place of work. The chances of people with a high stress level developing the syndrome was twice that of those who were not exposed to stress. The nervous system may also be affected as a result of prolonged work stress exposure, disturbing the physiological balance of the human body. The occurrence of metabolic syndrome was seen to be higher in the case of those belonging to lower employment grades.
Improving the lifestyle of a person may serve to reverse the metabolic syndrome. A diet which is comprised of an abundance of vegetables and fruits is also recommended.