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Dangers of Your Desk Job

Dangers of Your Desk Job
11 Jun 12

Dangers of Your Desk Job

Most of you probably think work is only dangerous if you are performing heavy labour. However, this is not always the case. While  labourers may sometimes be doing heavy and dangerous work, they are at least getting in some physical activity. If you have a desk job, you may not be at risk for serious injury. However, desk jobs can pose a number of other risks to your health.

Spending eight hours or more a day ‘chained’ to your desk can create a number of problems for your health. Who would have thought…sitting can be dangerous!

Beware of the following health problems:

  • Increased risk of developing certain types of cancers – including colon and breast cancers. A number of studies have shown that women who lead more active lifestyles and don’t spend their days seated at a desk are likely to have small waists and a smaller amount of cancer biomarkers. These are two factors that can greatly increase a women’s chance of developing breast cancer.
  • When you sit a lot, you may be prone to back pain as well as muscular atrophy. The longer you spend at your desk, the more likely your muscles are to become weak and the more prone you are to back pain. Over time, loss of muscle mass and back pain can become debilitating conditions that can make it difficult for you to work regardless of the type of job you plan on holding.
  • Spending too much time in a seated position can have a negative effect on your cholesterol levels. Poor cholesterol levels can lead to cardiovascular conditions, which can greatly shorten your lifespan.
  • Your desk job may also be putting you at risk for Type II diabetes. When you spend an extended period of time seated, you are more likely to experience less-than-positive changes in your blood sugar levels.

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