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User Info Be Scientifically Right, Get Fired; entered at 2017-08-11 13:56:39
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Registered: 2011-08-23
"It'll probably kill me some day; I'm sure I clocked off some years on my longevity by making that choice."

Actually you should be fine, as least with respect to the risk of harm caused by long work hours. It looks like women and men are affected very differently by them:

"Work weeks that averaged 60 hours or more over three decades appear to triple the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis for women, according to new research from The Ohio State University. . . . The results among female workers were striking, Dembe said. The analysis found a clear and strong relationship between long hours and heart disease, cancer, arthritis and diabetes.
Men who worked long hours had a higher incidence of arthritis, but none of the other chronic diseases. And those men who worked moderately long hours (41 to 50 hours weekly) had lower risk of heart disease, lung disease and depression than those who worked 40 hours or fewer."

There simply seems to be a biological difference between women and men here. And it's not that women are doing the housework and childrearing in addition to working; this study was done over a course of 32 years and childrearing doesn't take that long. Maybe it's due to different reactions to stress hormones. I do see it anecdotally; women I know who come form healthy backgrounds who become workaholics have ended up with dire ailments. Men often seem to thrive on working like maniacs.
2017-08-11 13:56:39