Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Job Loss Linked to Risk of Hypertension, Heart Disease, Other Conditions

FRIDAY, May 8, 2009 (Health.com) – As if losing your job isn’t bad enough, a new study suggests that people who are laid off are at higher risk of being diagnosed with health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and even arthritis than those who keep their jobs.

“It’s particularly difficult to take good care of yourself, but maybe what this study can do is help people realize that it is precisely in that period right after a job loss when your health may be the most vulnerable,” says study author Kate Strully, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. “It’s particularly important to manage stress in healthy ways and try to maintain good health habits and cope effectively.

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