Jun 28, 2019
Taking frequent vacations is associated with a lower risk of developing the metabolic syndrome, that deadly triad of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. This welcome news comes from Syracuse University’s Department of Public Health.
The study focused on 63 university workers, and the researchers compiled information about their vacations and health status over a 12 month period. A greater number of vacation days was associated with a lower incidence of metabolic syndrome components. The risk of full-blown metabolic syndrome diminishes by 25% for each vacation taken.
The fact that the US has a $ declining average life expectancy relative to other industrialized nations may have something to do with the fact that we are the only one of those nations that does not guarantee a paid vacation to workers. Then too, when U.S. workers do receive paid vacation time, fewer than half take advantage of it and instead take the money.
The last word: hit the road and take that vacation. If you live a little, you might live a little.....longer!
Bryce Hruska, Sarah D. Pressman, Kestutis Bendinskas, Brooks B. Gump. Vacation frequency is associated with metabolic syndrome and symptoms. Psychology & Health, 2019; 1 DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2019.1628962
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