September 11: Weekly Health Roundup

Stress at Work Just as Bad as Secondhand Smoke

This year’s Stress in America survey found that while money is the primary stressor, 60% of Americans reported work as the main cause of stress – placing it a very close second. High job demands, economic insecurity and long work hours are among the reasons work has shot to second place. Stress is extremely detrimental to our health, causing an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, via The Market Business

Half of Americans Have Diabetes or High Blood Sugar

According to a national study performed this year, “half of all U.S. adults have diabetes or blood sugar so high they’re almost diabetic”. There is no racial/ethnic group untouched by this epidemic - 11% of whites, 22% of blacks, 20% Asians, and 22.6% of Hispanics had diabetes. The truly troubling fact is that a large amount of these cases go undiagnosed. Diabetes prevelance also increased among all age groups, sexes, education levels and income groups, via NBC News

New York City Requiring Sodium Labels

Coming on the heels of requiring restaurants to post calorie counts for each menu items, New York City health officials unanimously voted on Wednesday to become the first state “to require chain restaurants to add a warning label to menu items that contain more than the daily recommended amount of sodium”. Critics say this will hurt the restaurant industry by imposing unnecessary and costly regulations, via Reuters

Sleep Deprivation is 'Torture,' Calls for Later Work Day

If you’ve ever felt the pain of waking up early for work (haven’t we all) then here’s some comforting news. According to Oxford researchers, forcing ourselves to work before 10 a.m. “doesn’t line up with our bodies’ circadian rhythms” and is akin to torture. In fact, head researcher Paul Kelly said that “making people under age 55 work before 9 a.m. is not conducive to a productive work force”. Now whether employers acknowledge this is another story, but it’s a start to be sure, via USA Today

Find Out Your Real Heart Age

Turns out the age on your birth certificate isn’t the most important age when it comes to your health. Considering that a recent report found that “three out of four Americans have a predicted heart age that’s older than their real age” this is a critical piece to educate Americans on when working to lower risks of chronic illness and improve overall health, via TIME

Time to Weigh In

Do you find work as a huge source of stress in your life? What are ways you cope with work stress? Do you agree with New York City’s attempt to make sodium levels transparent in restaurants or do you think they’ve gone a little overboard? Are you a fan of later starts to your workday? Do those early morning alarms and 8 a.m. meetings feel like ‘torture’? Shoot us your thoughts in the comment section below!