Job Stress Raises LDL Cholesterol

People with job stress are more likely to have abnormally high LDL and triglycerides and lower “good” HDL cholesterol.

The relationship between job stress and dyslipidemia

Aims: To investigate whether there is an association between job stress, lipid profile and dyslipidemia diagnosis.

Methods: This study used a questionnaire to evaluate job stress and lifestyle variables in 91,593 workers undergoing periodic checkups. Serum lipid levels were measured in all cases. Results: The prevalence of job stress was 8.7% (95% CI, 8.5–8.8%). In bivariate analyses, job stress was significantly associated with previous dyslipidemia diagnosis (p < 0.001), lipid-lowering therapy (p < 0.001), and altered total-cholesterol (p = 0.001), HDL-cholesterol (p < 0.001) and LDL-cholesterol levels (p = 0.025). After adjusting for potential confounding variables, job stress was still associated with current dyslipidemia diagnosis (OR = 1.10; 95% CI, 1.04–1.17), high LDL-cholesterol (OR = 1.14; 95% CI, 1.05–1.23), low HDL-cholesterol (OR 1.08; 95% CI, 1.01–1.15), high total cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol ratio (OR 1.13; 95% CI, 1.05–1.23) and high LDL-cholesterol/HDL-cholesterol ratio (OR 1.11; 95% CI, 1.04–1.19).

Conclusion: These results support the hypothesis of an association between job stress and lipid disturbances.


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