If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.
Point number one: “Work-related stress can kill, study finds”
Point number one again: “The team conducted seven surveys over a 12-year period and found chronically stressed workers — people determined to be under severe pressure in the first two of the surveys — had a 68 percent higher risk of developing heart disease.”
Point number one a third time: “Stressed workers eat unhealthy food, smoke, drink and skip exercise — all behaviors linked to heart disease…stressed workers also had lowered heart rate variability — a sign of a poorly-functioning weak heart — and higher-than-normal levels of cortisol, a “stress” hormone that provides a burst of energy for a fight-or-flight response. Too much cortisol circulating in the blood stream can damage blood vessels and the heart.”
If you are stressed out at work, please keep in mind the fact that you may be increasing your chances of a heart attack. How you reduce the effects of stress on your body is up to you, but if you’re so inclined, try this piece of advice from Peter Kokkinos, director of the Exercise Testing and Research Lab at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington:
Older men who were classified as “highly fit” died at half the rate of those who were not fit in a major long-term study, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The study of more than 15,000 U.S. military veterans is one of the largest yet to show that exercise extends lives regardless of race or income.
I can’t emphasize enough the salutary effects of regular exercise. Now get out there and boogie!