Health risks for long-haul drivers

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A new study conducted out of the U.S. by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) presents a sad and shocking reality for long-haul truck drivers. Weight, disease prevalence and overall health are significantly worse for drivers than that of the average American worker.

Here are some of key statistics as shown in an article on truckinginfo.com. (Please note that, although these are American stats, they are informative for Canadian drivers as well.)

Measure Truck Drivers Average American Worker
Prevalence of Obesity 70% 31%
Cigarette Smokers 51% 19%
Prevalence of Diabetes 14% 7%
No Health Insurance Plan 38% 17%

According to a 2009 study by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) Journal, other health issues affecting drivers include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Exhaustion
  • Back pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Depression

As with many work-related health risks, prevention is the key. Whether you’re a driver yourself or you’re a fleet owner, it’s vital to stay informed about nutrition, exercise and stress-reduction techniques and put a “get healthy” action plan in place.

SOURCE: Truckinginfo.com article from January 14, 2013 – “NIOSH Study Points to Significant Health Risks for Long-Haul Drivers