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Shift Workers May Be at Risk of Health Issues

By Tom Herrin

Plenty of people are in job situations they may not prefer but need to do in order to provide for their families.  When the family farm was the sole support of many families, people rose early and worked long hours in order to accomplish the work they needed to do.  While the labor may have been hard, there were several advantages they had over many people today.  One of those is the fact that they spent plenty of time of time in the sun.  And while the sun can endanger health in some ways, most people had good common sense about just how to go about spending so much time in it.  Having a natural clock as a guide for each day is a pretty good way to maintain health.  In today's job market, many have to work all kinds of varied shifts.  There may be some advantages, but health can also suffer

Risks of Common Health Issues May Increase

Those who work shifts seem to face a greater chance of developing some of the most common health problems.  One of those is cardiovascular issues, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and other related problems.  Another that is really common is diabetes.  For those who work shifts, some studies have shown that they are at an increased risk of developing these types of problems.

Prevention Is Possible

Knowledge is a powerful thing.  A key to preventing some of these health problems is to be educated about them.  An informed worker may be able to take simple steps to manage their health.  Eating good food on a regular schedule can help some.  Another thing is to be certain to establish a good routine of exercise.  This is good for anyone but especially those who work odd times and may not be able to participate in many everyday activities.

Prioritize Health

Understanding your health and your needs is a critical step in managing it.  It is essential that you become aware of your personal needs as well as those areas in which you fall short.  This is particularly important if you have an odd schedule in which you spend lots of time alone due to being someone who sleeps during the day and is active at some other time.  Keep in mind that your health is still important even though you may not feel that you fit into the mainstream of society.  After all, you are not alone.  It is estimated that there may be close to 10 million Americans who also work shifts.  All of you need to have the best health possible.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Longmont, Colo.

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