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07/01/2013 12:26 pm ET

Is Your Job Secretly Killing You?

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Stressed at work? Nearly everyone is. One of the latest surveys about Americans in the workplace, by Harris Interactive for Everest College, show that 83 percent of us are stressed out about our jobs. Not that this is news, exactly. The American Institute of Stress reports that work has been cited as the major source of stress in American adults for decades.

In fact, stress is so far rooted in the American workplace, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. So what if Harris Interactive’s poll showed a 10 percent bump in stressed-out workers from last year? Work is stress, so what’s the big deal?

But, when you consider the disease that’s associated with physical and mental workplace stress — nasty stuff like hypertension, diabetes, high triglycerides, obesity, heart attack, cancer, anxiety and premature death, then taking a second look at how we work and what it’s doing to our brains and bodies becomes a very big, crucial deal.

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