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What Are The Common Health Risks Of Driving For A Living?

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All jobs have their own particular occupational hazards, but some have more than others. While driving for a living usually pays decent money and gives you the great sense of freedom of the road while you work, the flip side of it is that health-wise the risks for drivers — especially long-haul drivers — are higher than for those in regular 9 to 5 jobs. What do stats tell us about the overall health of drivers? A recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, entitled “Obesity and Other Risk Factors: The National Survey of U.S. Long-Haul Truck Driver Health and Injury”, showed a “constellation of chronic disease risk factors” in long-haul drivers, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and insufficient sleep. The study showed that truck drivers are twice as likely to be obese…

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