Friday, September 26, 2008

Police Have it Tough

According to a new study from the University of Buffalo, the stresses of police work increase officers’ risks for high blood pressure, insomnia, increased levels of destructive stress hormones, heart problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide. Based on data from over 400 officers, the study specifically reported that officers over age 40 had a higher 10-year risk of a coronary event compared to average national standards. Seventy-two percent of female officers and 43 percent of male officers had elevated cholesterol levels. As a whole, police officers as a group had higher-than-average pulse rates and diastolic blood pressure.
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