Manual workers face health risk

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PEOPLE working in physically demanding jobs are more susceptible to heart disease than their desk-bound counterparts, new research shows.

Those undertaking a hard day’s physical graft were at least 20 per cent more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than those in an office, with the risk increasing with the amount of exertion involved, Greek researchers found.

A second study from Belgium and Denmark suggested that out-of-work exercise, such as in a gym, improved the coronary health of office workers but had a detrimental effect on those who already carried out manual labour as part of their job.

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