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US truckers die 16 years earlier - partially due to vitamin D deficiency

From Pegasis Wire Feb 2011

Does not discuss shorter life due to stress, vibration, living away from home, smoking, poor eating, obesity, diabetes, Exposure to Diesel Particle Matter, ...
Nor does it discuss the problems which are also experienced by workers on other shifts - especially when the shift times change
Disrupting the circadian rhythms, which have documented results on heart rate, ability to concentrate, etc. etc.

Note UVA coming thru windows decrease vitamin D blood levels – March 2012

Long haul truckers get lot of UVA every day, so they may be especially low on vitamin D
Have not seen any study of vitamin D level of truckers
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Had never heard that truckers live on average to only age 61.

Wonder how many other professions, shift workers also have shortened lives

"2004 findings that truckers have a mortality rate 11 times higher""

than the general workforce and a higher prevalence of ailments, disease and injuries, according to the CDC. CLICK HERE for link to the study started in 2007

Quick glance on internet for "shift work" AND (mortality OR Longevity)

got 250,000 hits in Google and the following chart - from the paper attached below
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Search of Clinical Trials for 'shift work' got 142 hits Aug 2014

shift workers (mortality OR longevity)

CDC Nov 2007 with many, many comments

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Truck drivers face a disproportionately high risk for fatal crash-related injuries and for serious health disorders. The 2004 fatality rate for U.S. heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was 48.2 per 100,000 workers, approximately 11 times the rate for the general worker population. The Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses estimated 63,570 non-fatal injuries among heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in 2004—the second highest number among all occupations.
Other studies suggest that the risks of cancer, heart attacks, and other disorders may be associated with aspects of long-haul driving such as loading and unloading cargo, irregular schedules, long hours of driving, a sedentary lifestyle, and the nature of drivers' food choices on the road.
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A Hard Turn: Better Health on the Highway New York Times Nov 21, 2011

A few highlights from nice article which does not mention vitamin D"
86 % of the truck drivers in the US are overweight or obese - 2007 study
. . .conducted a blood pressure screening of more than 2,000 drivers at an annual truck show.
   “We sent 21 directly to the emergency room, and one of them had a heart attack on the way there,”

Trucking jokes

  1. Truckers do not die, they just get a new PeterBilt
    Peterblt is the name of a popular truck, St. Peter was one of the Apostles of Jesus
  2. Buffets = “Big Ugly Fat Fellows Eating Together.”

See also VitaminDWiki

See also web

  • Airplane Crew May Face Increased Melanoma Risk NYT Sept 2014
    Meta-analysis of 266,000 people. 2X more melanoma in pilots (getting a lot uf UVA at 30,000 feet)
    However, the cabin crew also got almost as much increase - and they are not exposed to cabin UVA.

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455 Health disorders of shift workers - 2003.pdf Shift Workers health problems Editor 13 Feb, 2011 12:33 81.44 Kb 976
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