Losing your job is easily one of the most stressful things a person could endure. For all the headaches of having a job, it is almost always better than losing a job.
The University of Oulu in Finland has released a new study revealing that unemployment over an extended period of time will almost certainly increase the risk of age-related diseases. Researches examined the DNA of more than 5,000 individuals who were born in 1966. After 31 years, individuals who had been unemployed for two years or more had significantly shorter “telomeres” than the other subjects.
A telomere is a protective cap on the end of our chromosomes which help slow the aging process and serve as a protector from degenerative diseases. Their lifespan is limited however, and as we grow older, our telomeres regress. This is what leads to many degenerative diseases associated with old age.
Type two diabetes and heart disease are the most common diseases associated with shortened telomeres. What speeds up the aging process? According to the study, it is stress. And losing a job is certainly stressful.
Some suggestions for handling the loss of a job include, avoid smoking, keep up with exercise, eat healthy, and don’t give up hope.
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Conducting a similar study concerning losing a job, the University of Luxembourg found that each job loss sets a person back a year in cognitive abilities. The correlation grows stronger between the ages of 45-49 for men and 25-44 for women. This means that for each job loss a person suffers, they lose a year of ability to function at a high level in the workplace. If a 45 year old man has lost four jobs over the course of his life, he could potentially function as if he were 64 when he turns 60. The skills that suffer the most include memory, verbal fluency and numeracy.
If you have a job this holiday season, be thankful. Losing a job can be much worse for your health than having one you don’t like.