People who have worked 10 hour days for a decade are likely to have a stroke

People who work long hours are significantly more likely to suffer a stroke, research suggests.

A study found employees who juggle a demanding 10 hour work schedule every day for at least a decade are 45 per cent more likely to develop the life-threatening condition.

And, in a result that baffled the French researchers, the under 50s were more at risk than their older colleagues.

People who work long hours are more likely to suffer a stroke, according to research (stock)

The research was carried out by Paris Hospital, Versailles, and led by Professor Alexis Descatha, of the occupational health unit.

Britons have been found to have the longest working days of anywhere in Europe.

Full-time employees in the UK work an average of 42 hours a week, which is almost 120 minutes more than the typical EU worker.

Irregular shifts, night work and the strain of a high-pressure job have all been blamed for poor health among employees.

To uncover how the working day may affect the risk of stroke, the researchers started analysing the hours of 143,592 French workers in 2012.

Of these volunteers, 42,542 (29 per cent) reported having long hours, which was defined as working more than 10 hours at a time for at least 50 days a year.

Around one in ten of the study’s hard grafters claimed they had worked these hours for at least a decade.

Over the next seven years, 1,224 of the volunteers suffered a stroke.


Daily glass of orange juice cuts the risk of deadly stroke

Drinking a glass of orange juice each day may cut the risk of deadly strokes by almost a quarter, a major study suggests.

Volunteers who downed a juice a day saw their risk of a brain clot drop by 24 per cent, according to the decade-long trial.

Researchers in the Netherlands say it’s not just orange juice that has the benefit, other fruit juices also appear to cut the risk.

Fresh fruit juices have long been thought of as healthy. But consumers in recent years have been put off by warnings over their high sugar content.

As a result, UK sales have fallen steadily from a peak in 2011 of over one billion litres a year to just under 900m in 2017.

But the latest study suggests the health benefits in terms of stroke prevention could outweigh the risks from sugar content.

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition is a major long-running study investigating the influence of diet on a wide range of illnesses.

Scientists at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in Bilthoven, tracked nearly 35,000 men and women aged between 20 and 70 for almost 15 years.

They looked at how self-reported consumption of fruit juices compared with the numbers of strokes over that period.

Their results, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed four to eight glasses a week of orange or any other fruit juice cut stroke risk by almost a quarter.

Even a glass every other day had significant benefits – lowering risk by 20 per cent.

Rates of heart disease were also reduced in regular drinkers, who were 12 to 13 per cent less likely to suffer with damaged arteries.

Juice is thought to contain many of the naturally-occurring plant substances found in whole fruit that can protect blood vessels against disease.

Strokes kill around 200 people every day in the UK. Many more are left disabled and living in fear that a second or even third attack could kill them.

It’s estimated to cost the NHS £2.3billion a year to treat and look after those lucky enough to survive.

Around 85 per cent of victims are affected by ischaemic strokes, where a clot travels to the brain and shuts off its blood supply.

The rest are called haemorrhagic strokes, where a blood vessel bursts in the brain, causing potentially fatal bleeding.

Scientists behind the study said despite the obvious benefits of juice, they would still recommend eating whole fruit as well, as there are more studies confirming its benefits.

In a report on the findings they said: ‘We found a favorable association with pure fruit juice consumption.

‘But for now, consumption of whole fruit should be preferred because the evidence of the health benefits is more conclusive.’

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Men likely to die from work related stress as compared to women

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.

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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.

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Neither type of work stress was associated with increased mortality risk for women – with or without these health issues.

Men are more likely to be affected by work related stress unlike women
A young woman at her work desk

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.

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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.’

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Kenyan Author Binyavanga Wainaina Suffers Stroke

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.

Here’s how one can donate towards Binyavanga’s medical bills (Donate now)

Michael Jackson’s Father Admitted To ICU After Suffering A Stroke

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.


Chinese teacher can only speak English after stroke

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.


Viagra could help halt heart attacks and strokes, doctors say

Viagra should be routinely prescribed to prevent heart attacks and strokes, researchers claimed last night.

The anti-impotence pills can drastically improve the functioning of men’s hearts, Italian scientists found.

They said men with heart failure who happened to be taking Viagra had far more efficient hearts than other patients.

Among those with an enlarged heart due to a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy, the drug also stopped their hearts growing even bigger, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Experts believe a key ingredient in Viagra called PDE5i, which relaxes blood vessels, also prevents damage to heart cells.

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