A recent study has found out having a stressful job is more likely to kill men with heart problems than women, even if they keep fit and eat healthy.
According to Daily Mail the study found out that men with heart problems are six times more likely to suffer an early death if they have a stressful job yet there was no association between work stress and premature death for women with heart disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes.
Scientists suggest one explanation is men are more prone to clogged arteries during their working lives than women, who generally have a much lower chance of heart problems before menopause.
Reducing work hours and prescribing stress management to men with these illnesses may therefore be needed minimize the risk, they say.
Lead researcher Professor Mika Kivimäki, from University College London, said: ‘Work is a common source of stress in adulthood, triggering natural stress responses that were programmed in our bodies generations ago.
‘These can result in physical reactions to situations like work stress.
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‘Our findings give evidence for there being a link between job strain and risk of premature death in men with cardiometabolic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
‘Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels alone are unlikely to eliminate the excess risk.’
Scientists looked at data from 100,000 people in the UK, France, Finland and Sweden, including 3,441 with these illnesses.
They were given a questionnaire on their lifestyle and health at the start of the study with their medical records tracked over 14 years.
Researchers looked at two types of work stress – job strain – having high work demands and low control over them – and ‘effort-reward imbalance’, defined as putting in lots of effort, but getting little reward in return.
The researchers found that, among men with heart problems, those experiencing job strain had a 68 per cent greater risk of early death than those where it wasn’t a factor.
There was no risk in those with the health problems that did not feel appreciated at work.
Neither type of work stress was associated with increased mortality risk for women – with or without these health issues.
Stress can result in higher levels of the hormone cortisol, which increases glucose production and limits the effect of insulin, potentially leading to worse prognosis in diabetes, researchers suggest.It can also elevate blood pressure and affect blood clotting, potentially increasing the risk of cardiac events in people who already have high levels of hardening of the arteries.
They suggest more research is needed to identify which specific interventions might improve health outcomes in men with coronary heart disease, stroke, or diabetes Commenting on the findings, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, Yulong Lian, of Nantong University in China, said: ‘Their results are provocative and encourage careful attention to work stress reduction among patients with cardiometabolic diseases.’
Controversial Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina suffered a stroke at his home and was admitted in Intensive Care Unit at the Karen Hospital on October 31st. His speech was affected, and doctors recommended medicinal treatment and specialized speech therapy.
He developed some physical difficulties after being discharged from the hospital and now literary network Kwani Trust are raising funds to help Binyanga travel to India for specialised treatment.
According to Kwani, doctors advised that he has a chronic condition that affects the blood vessels to the brain making him susceptible to blockages and strokes. They also stated that an immediate intervention is required before extensive therapy beyond first-stage treatment.
So far Sh1.4 million has been raised and Kwani aims to raise Sh5 million which will cater for costs of travel (for him, an accompanying family member, doctor and nurse with their equipment), tests, medication, basic care, speech therapy and a period of recuperation.
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Joe Jackson – the father of the late Michael Jackson and the patriarch of the musical family – suffered a stroke while visiting the South American nation, a Brazilian hospital said.
An emailed statement early on Monday from the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo says only that Mr Jackson was admitted to the hospital Sunday afternoon. He is in the intensive care unit. The statement also said he was suffering from an irregular heartbeat.
The statement did not say exactly what condition Mr Jackson is in. Mr Jackson was in Brazil in part to celebrate his 87th birthday – which was on Sunday.
Local media say Mr Jackson was absent from his own party because he was already in the hospital. Photos from his official website show him dining in Sao Paulo restaurants.
An elderly Chinese woman is only able to speak English after suffering a stroke, it’s been reported.
Liu Jaiyu, a 94-year-old former English teacher, has found herself no longer able to speak Chinese after parts of her brain relating to native language were damaged by a cerebral infarction, the local Hunan TV reports. Television pictures show her in bed, answering simple questions in English, which means the nursing staff are having to brush up on their language skills. “She greets me in the morning using English, after she’s eaten her meals in the afternoon she uses English,” one nurse tells the TV. “My memory of the language isn’t too good, sometimes I don’t understand what she’s saying!”
A doctor at the hospital says that Ms Liu is suffering from paralysis of all her limbs, as well as an “obstacle” to her language functions. “It seems the part of her brain responsible for her mother tongue has been damaged, however the part that uses English has been preserved,” Li Yanfang says.
There have been rare cases where patients develop a different accent after a stroke, migraine or head trauma. But Ms Liu’s case appears different because she has apparently turned to an already-learned language. Experts say that the complex Chinese language requires the use of both parts of the brain, while English only uses one side.