Noisy work environments cause deafness. That is unsurprising, as all noisy environments, such as music clubs and concerts, cause deafness too.
However, an interesting article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine suggests that jobs that expose you to a lot of noise are an equally big risk for high cholesterol and blood pressure.
The authors analyzed information from 22,906 individuals collected by the 2014 U.S. National Health Interview Survey.
After applying appropriate statistical methods, they found that 58% of poor hearing cases, 14% of high blood pressure cases, and 9% of high cholesterol cases could be attributed to noisy work environments.
People working in mining, construction, and manufacturing experienced the highest risk.
This study is important because a quarter of workers reported a history of workplace noise and 14% of them reported being exposed to occupational noise in the past year.
While these scientists were not able to test the mechanism through which noise may bring about high blood pressure and cholesterol, they speculated the following.
Noise causes stress which, in turn, triggers the release of the stress hormone called cortisol. This, in turn, increases heart rate, narrows blood vessels, creates inflammation, and causes other biological changes to the body that can increase cholesterol and blood pressure.
Interestingly, I’ve been preaching this exact point to the deaf ears of the traditional medical system.
You see, emotional stress is not the only type of stress that causes cortisol (stress hormone) buildup.
Other types of stress that cause this include:
– Physical stress (the common flu for example)
– Mental stress (working on a tough task for a long time)
– Sensory stress (loud noise, constant TV, etc.)
These stress factors accumulate in your system, raising your cortisol levels.
The solution that has helped thousands of people lies in simple blood pressure exercises that reboot your system with something I call a “Focused Break”.
Many people experience an immediate drop in their blood pressure after doing these simple blood pressure exercises.
And if you need to get your cholesterol under control, cut out the one hidden ingredient explained here…