Promotion boosts heart health

UK civil servants in departments with high rates of promotion are  approximately 20% less likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts in departments with low rates of promotion, according to research by Professors Michael Anderson and Michael Marmot.

UK civil servants in departments with high rates of promotion are  approximately 20% less likely to develop heart disease than their  counterparts in departments with low rates of promotion, according to research by Professors Michael Anderson and Michael Marmot.

The research, published in the latest issue of the Economic Journal, tracks the employment histories and health outcomes of 4,700 civil servants in the London area. 

It reveals that the department you work in can significantly affect your chances of developing heart disease. The findings reinforce a growing body of research suggesting that upward mobility and socio-economic status 
have important effects on physical health. Previous research has shown that those who are in lower level jobs tend to suffer more from stress.

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