Retirement
Retire later and live longer!
New York : If you are 65 and still working, it can be an add-on for you to live longer while retiring early may increase your chances of dying early, says new research, suggesting that there is a strong relationship between work and longevity.
 
The findings showed that healthy retirees who worked a year longer of age 65 had an 11 percent lower risk of death while unhealthy retirees who worked a year longer had a nine percent lower mortality risk which indicates that factors beyond health may affect post-retirement mortality.
 
"It may not apply to everybody but we think that work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives," said lead study author Chenkai Wu from the Oregon State University in the US.
 
The team analysed 2,956 people who had retired from 1992 to 2010 and looked at effects of retirement on health.
 
Poor health is one reason people retire early and also can lead to earlier death, so researchers wanted to find a way to mitigate a potential bias in that regard.
 
They divided the participants into unhealthy retirees -- who indicated that health was a factor in their decision to retire and healthy retirees -- who indicated health was not a factor. 
 
The results indicated that during the study period, about a 12 percent of the healthy and a 25.6 percent of the unhealthy retirees died. 
 
Working a year longer had a positive impact on the study participants' mortality rate regardless of their health status.
 
"Most research in this area has focused on the economic impacts of delaying retirement. I thought it might be good to look at the health impacts," Wu added in the paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
 
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Srinivas Sreeram

12 months ago

It is a trash idea at least in the indian context. One is expected to spend time with grandchildren & plan for the next spiritual life. Working till late years means no time for spirituality. The suggested article is relevant only for those who do not believe in rebirth and only think that they can take the money to heaven or hell and do not have grandchildren.

Satish Yashwant Sabnis

1 year ago

I agree with this 'Retire Later and live longer' I can vouch for this as My Father worked post retirement after 58 years of age and lived till 83 years of age and that too very energetically. Unfortunately he was asked to retire at 83 years and that took a toll on his psyche and he died of heart attack that was uncalled for. I too am thinking of working actively post retirement due after 60 years age.

Odd-even not a solution to Delhi pollution, says AIIMS doctor
New Delhi : The problem of air pollution cannot be tackled by the odd-even formula alone, but the government should also subsidize electric cars which do not pollute the air, said a senior AIIMS doctor.
 
"By implementing the odd-even strategy, only the number of cars can be brought down to some extent, but air pollution and toxicity cannot be brought down at any cost," said Randeep Guleria, head of respiratory medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
 
Speaking at an event ahead of World Asthma Day, Guleria said the odd-even policy won't work in the long run and instead the government should come up with a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the problem.
 
"We need to subsidize electric cars and two wheelers. They are environment friendly. We have to be realistic," he said.
 
Guleria, who is among the world's top pulmonary medicine specialists, also said there was need to improve the quality of cars and fuel. 
 
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Longer sitting hours ups heart attack risk
New York : Spending too much time sitting is bad for your heart as researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that sedentary behaviour is associated with increased amounts of calcium deposits in the heart's arteries, which in turn is linked to a higher risk of heart attack.
 
"This is one of the first studies to show that sitting time is associated with early markers of atherosclerosis buildup in the heart," said senior study author Amit Khera, associate professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre. 
 
"Each additional hour of daily sedentary time is associated with a 12 percent higher likelihood of coronary artery calcification," Khera noted.
 
In the study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, the researchers concluded that reducing daily "sitting time" by even one to two hours per day could have a significant and positive impact on future cardiovascular health.
 
For many individuals with a desk job that requires them to sit for large portions of the day, they suggested taking frequent breaks.
 
In this study, the researchers asked some 2,000 participants to wear a device that measured their activity levels for a week. 
 
Participants spent an average of 5.1 hours sitting per day and an average of 29 minutes in moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.
 
"We observed a significant association between increased sedentary time and coronary artery calcium," Khera said.
 
"These associations were independent of exercise, traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and socioeconomic factors,” Khera noted.
 
This research suggests that increased subclinical atherosclerosis characterized by calcium deposition is one of the mechanisms through which sedentary behavior increases cardiovascular risk and that this risk is distinct from the protective power of exercise," he explained.
 
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