ATLANTA (WAOK) – A new study has found a link between work-related exhaustion and the rate of biological aging. Conducted by the “Plos-One” journal, it reveals that excessive workplace stress has a harmful effect on critical DNA cells. Researchers measured the length of these DNA sections, called telomeres, and found that individuals with the most job stress had the shortest. On the other hand, those who said they experienced little to no stress or exhaustion from their job had longer telomeres. The study said the link between the two was still significant even after adjusting the numbers for contributing factors like socioeconomic and marital status, smoking, and body mass index.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Workmen operate from a cradle outside the 69th floor of The Shard skyscraper on the preview day to mark the sale of tickets for the 'View from The Shard' experience on October 26, 2012 in London, England. The observation floors of The Shard skyscraper offer 360 degree aspects of London. The 'View from The Shard' opens to the general public on February 1, 2013 and costs 24.95 GBP for adults.)(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)