Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Heart Health and Cholesterol

Shift workers may have unhealthy cholesterol test scores

Category: Heart Health and Cholesterol

Female shift workers may be significantly more likely to receive unhealthy cholesterol test results, according to a new study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Conference.

Researcher Joan Tranmer discovered after surveying 227 hospital workers that those who work overnight shifts have much higher rates metabolic syndrome, which involves the presence of unhealthy cholesterol, high blood pressure, unchecked glucose and abdominal obesity.

This condition puts an individual at a much higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, and is relatively widespread throughout the general population. However, Tranmer's research showed that 17 percent of shift workers have the condition, which is significantly higher than those who work standard schedules.

Beth Abramson, a spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, which sponsored the conference, said the findings underscore the importance of making efforts to support the health of women, particularly if they engage in shift work.

"We spend so many of our hours and days at work, it is important for employers and employees to create as healthy a work environment as possible - especially for shift workers," she said.

Women who work overnight may benefit from talking to their doctor about cholesterol testing to ensure that they do not have these cardiovascular risk factors.

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top