Diet and exercise may come to mind when you think of high blood pressure and cholesterol, but the Centers for Disease Control says a loud workplace may also be a factor.
According to a CDC study, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are more common among workers exposed to loud noise at their jobs.
A quarter of U.S. workers - an estimated 41 million people - reported a history of noise exposure at work, the CDC said.
Researchers with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health looked at a 2014 survey to estimate the prevalence of workplace noise exposure, hearing difficulty and heart conditions.
Their analysis found:
- Twenty-five percent of current workers had a history of work-related noise exposure; 14 percent were exposed in the last year.
- Twelve percent of current workers had hearing difficulty, 24 percent had high blood pressure and 28 percent had high cholesterol. Of these cases 58 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent, respectively, were attributed to occupational noise exposure.