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Asthma Risk Increase Based on Job-Related Stress

asthma riskAccording to a new study, the risk of Asthma increases in connection with job stress. Findings of this European study show that people who worry about being laid off, fired, demoted, or having pay cut, are at higher risk for developing asthma. The findings of this study are in the recent publication of the journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Involved in the study were over 7,000 adults employed in Germany between 2009 and 2011, a time of economic downturn. All of the workers were asked specific questions about asthma but also if they thought they might lose their jobs over the next two years. Among the surveyed group, there were more than 100 new cases of asthma diagnosed, with 50% of them being women.

Noted was that for every 25% jump in work-related stress, risk of developing asthma climbed by 24%. However, among the group who thought it was likely they would lost their job within two years, risk for developing this respiratory disorder skyrocketed by 60%.

Of the participants who worried most about job loss in a two-year period were younger, unmarried, less educated, and had a lower monthly income compared to the group who felt risk of job loss was low or nonexistent. It was also discovered that the people who worried about job loss most were less likely to be under permanent contract and far more likely to suffer from some form of depression.

Researchers want to point out that the findings of this study do not prove that stress related to work causes asthma. On the other hand, they note that the results coordinate with a number of other studies performed whereby it is suggested that job-related stress could be a risk factor for developing asthma in adults.

With the information gathered, the experts believe they now have a better understanding as to why there was a much greater prevalence of respiratory problems during the recent European economic crisis.

Although there is strong evidence that asthma can develop in adults who experience stress associated with work, researchers feel additional studies need to be conducted sometime in the future.

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