Are you perpetually stressed because of your line of work? A recent study featured on says that embracing a healthier lifestyle may offset the effects of your cubicle tension, and lower your risk of developing coronary artery disease.

Researchers examined data from seven previous studies which included 102,128 individuals between 17 to 70 years old who were disease-free from 1985 to 2000. Based on certain habits such as smoking, drinking, presence or absence of physical activity, and body mass index, the scientists created lifestyle classifications: “healthy lifestyle” had no risk factors based on the said habits; “moderately unhealthy” had one risk factor; and “unhealthy lifestyle” had two or more risk factors.

Results showed that those who were stressed and who lived unhealthy lifestyles had a coronary artery disease incidence rate of 30.6 per 1,000 people, while those who still tried to lead healthy lifestyles despite their job strain had an incidence rate of only 12 per 1,000 within a 10-year period.

To minimize your incidence rate, try working out and eating right. "In addition to stress counselling, clinicians might consider paying closer attention to lifestyle risk factors in patients who report job strain," the authors add.

(Photo by Remy Sharp via Flickr Creative Commons)

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