Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Uh-Oh: Office Workers at Risk for Clots

Sure, everyone is at risk for clots, but Wired reports office workers are more likely than air travelers to get the dreaded little monsters. According to the article, more than a third of blood clot victims "had been seated at work for long periods."

To avoid clots, be sure to stretch your legs regularly, whether you're at work or on a plane. It's tough on a plane, but what kind of job keeps people locked in their chairs for hours? The most clot-plagued of employment groups were info tech workers and call center employees.

Call center employees? Sounds like justice to me if they work for Dell… but that's another post on another blog.

Anyway, this study revolved around people under 65, so don't get to comfortable even if you're a young pup. And it doesn't take much to protect yourself from clots. Researchers were surprised to find that it was not uncommon for workers to be seated for more than 12 hours a day. I'm no doctor, but I'd bet that getting up and stretching out every couple of hours would help reduce your risks here.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.