Heart and Waistline May Suffer From Your Commute

by

Sick of your long commute from the 2C? It may be making you sick, a new study suggests.

According to Washington University researchers, people with long drives to the office—particularly more than 10 miles—are more likely to have high blood pressure, an oversized waistline and other health problems that increase their risk for chronic diseases.

Researchers at the university in St. Louis studied nearly 4,300 drivers for the study, which was published this morning in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Researchers estimated the distance of each participant's daily commute and also collected data on health measures such as exercise habits, body mass index, waist size, cholesterol and blood pressure.

Fifty-one percent of people in the study traveled 10 miles or less to work each way and 18 percent traveled more than 20 miles. The average commute was 12 miles.