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Why Your Job Could Be Making You Old: Research indicates that stressful careers could contribute to aging

The toll workplace stress takes on your body, biologically.

Workplace mg{stress} obviously affects your emotional wellbeing, but it can also play a role in aging. Physicians have found that people with stressful jobs develop more health problems, especially if there are severe consequences for mistakes.

Chronological age and biological age are different, biological age measures how your body is aging and can be changed by lifestyle habits. Stress works indirectly by promoting smoking, obesity, and an increased mg{sedentary lifestyle}. mg{Telomeres} (protective caps on the ends of chromosomes) gradually shorten over time as cells divide. Much like the plastic coating on the ends of shoe laces, telomeres can wear down and fray. Chronic stress can speed up this cellular aging process.

It was found in a study that women who were care givers for children with a chronic illness usually had shorter white blood cell telomeres than women of the same age with healthy children. However, women with healthy children who reported high amounts of stress had shorter telomeres.

It is important to spend some time relaxing each day. As well, people should maintain family relationships and friendships outside their job, this is a good way to relieve stress from your job. Getting enough sleep, exercising, eating healthy foods, and taking mental breaks can help produce an enzyme that prevents telomere shortening.

Try to deal with the source of the stressor, which is usually your job.

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