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on July 18, 2010

Heart disease greater for farm, food workers

New study links metabolic syndrome to certain professions

If you work in farming, food service or transportation fields, you may have a greater risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke. According to a Reuters report, a new study links these professions to a set of risk factors called metabolic syndrome that carry a greater risk for the disease.

Those working in health professions, as well as scientists and artists carry low risk for these factors, which include abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low levels of HDL or "good" cholesterol and high triglycerides. Results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that the syndrome, usually diagnosed when someone has three or more conditions, can double a heart attack and stroke risk. 

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