Does your paycheque affect your health?

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Low hourly wage earners, especially women and those aged 25-44 years old are at higher risk for hypertension, according to a study published in the European Journal of Public Health.

As these two groups are not typically associated with hypertension, study researcher J. Paul Leigh of UC Davis Medical School found these results surprising.  “Our outcome shows that women and younger employees working at the lowest pay scales should be screened regularly for hypertension as well.” Leigh said.

Based on data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics including research on employment, wages and health information from 5,651 households in the United States from 1999 through 2005. Researchers didn’t use data from people who had high blood pressure in the first year of each time period included in the study.

The study concluded that the lower the hourly wage, the higher the risk of hypertension.

Read the study abstract on The European Journal of Public Health: http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/6/854.abstract

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