Mia Hamm dominated women's soccer between 1987 and 2004. Then in 2007 she had twin girls, and in 2012, a son.
"Life off the field has been just as demanding and hectic as training for the Olympics or world titles," she's confessed.
Mia is lucky she didn't have to juggle both at the same time. It turns out that the one-two combination of kids and work can take a serious toll on women.
A study from Ohio State University shows that when women work 50 to 60 (or more) hours a week during their 20s, 30s, and 40s, they raise their risk for health problems down the road.
Looking at long-range job history and health data for 7,492 participants in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, researchers found that most working women, but not men, have an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Men and women both risk arthritis.
Working 41 to 50 hours a week (as about 56 percent of people do) ups a women's risk slightly; more than 51 hours is more risky; and averaging a 60-hour work week over three decades dangerously triples the risk of those life-altering diseases.
Fortunately, there are things you can do.
• Daily De-Stressing. Meditate for 15 minutes; get 30 minutes of physical activity (an after dinner family walk), connect with friends, and don't short-change yourself on sleep.
• Prioritize Tasks at Work and Home. Try to eliminate unnecessary activities. If possible, ask your boss about working from home; around 37 percent of workers do it occasionally; they're just as productive as when they are in the office.
Posts by Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D.
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