Warning: Dealing with big-time stress on the job may land you in the emergency room down the road.
Researchers in Finland have discovered that continuous and excessive job strain, both mental (anything from having super-tight deadlines to having limited control of your work) and physical (anything that involves blood, sweat and tears), can result in more overnight hospital stays during your golden years.
The study, which took place over a 28-year period and started in 1981, involved more than 5,000 middle-aged Finnish adults. Those who had jobs that required muscle power took the biggest hit: For every 1,000 men who performed minimal physical tasks, they averaged eight hospital days each year, compared to 13 days for every 1,000 men who performed heavy duty manual labor. Many stays were for physical problems like irreversible pain and osteoarthritis.