Those who are fearful of losing their job are 60% more likely to develop asthma for the first time due to stress. These findings come from an international team of researchers who analysed data from over 7,000 workers and took other factors (such as smoking and being overweight) into account.
“This study has shown for the first time that perceived job insecurity during the recent economic crisis may increase the risk of new-onset asthma in adulthood,” states the paper, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Supporting previous studies linking stress to the development of asthma, this research was carried out by experts at the Massey University in New Zealand, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Düsseldorf. It was found that those with ‘high’ levels of job insecurity had about a “60% excess risk of asthma”.
The results came from respondents of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study – an annual...