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Eight professions are among the most challenging to a person’s heart health—salesperson, administrative support staff, police officers and firefighters, transportation/material movers, a grocery/consumer store employee—according to new research, CNN reports.
American Heart Association researchers studies health habits of over 5,500 people age 45 or older who did not have a history of heart disease or stroke.
The habits include: blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, fitness levels, diet, smoking, and obesity.
Most salespeople surveyed were determined to have poor eating habits (68%) and poor cholesterol levels (69%).
Of administrative staff, less than 21% met recommended physical activity standards.
Despite the fitness standards of many police and fire departments, 90% were found to be obese or overweight; 77% had high cholesterol and 35% had high blood pressure.
Smoking still is a major health concern for transportation/material movers. While the vast majority of Americans have stopped the habit, nearly 25% of the members of this profession surveyed still smoke regularly. This was the largest number in any group surveyed.
Working in grocery/consumer stores led to poor diets among many of those surveyed. Nearly 80% of this group reported having poor dietary habits.
“When people have no autonomy and everything in their workday is constrained, that can be hard on your health,” said Dr. Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.