A World Health Organization (WHO) study found that people who worked 55 hours or more per week were at an increased risk of dying from stroke or heart disease.
On monday TestimonyWHO share The study found that working 55 hours or more per week. It was linked to an approximately 35 percent higher risk of stroke and a 17 percent higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease.
In 2016 745,000 people die from stroke and ischemic heart disease worldwide, up 29 percent from 2000.
The study also found that occupational disease burden was particularly important among men, those living in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia regions, and workers in the middle age and older.
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“Working 55 hours or more per week is a serious health hazard,” said Maria Neira, director of the WHO’s Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health in the study. “It is time for all of us, governments, employers and workers to wake up to the fact that long work hours can lead to premature death.”