Women who work longer hours are prone to life-threatening diseases, a study said. The Ohio State University researchers found that work weeks averaging 60 hours may triple the risk of cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and arthritis among women.
The researchers said that women tend to take on a bigger share of responsibilities at home and may face more pressure and stress than men when they work long hours. Work for women is also less satisfying due to the need to balance demands at work and family obligations.
However, men who worked long hours had a higher incidence of arthritis, but none of the other chronic diseases. And those men who worked moderately long hours (41 to 50 hours weekly) had lower risk of lung disease, depression and heart disease, than those who worked 40 hours or fewer.
The lead author of the study, Allard Dembe, said that "People don’t think that much about how their early work experiences affect them down the road. Women in their 20s, 30s and 40s are setting themselves up for problems later in life."
triple：動詞，使增至3倍。例句：His income tripled in three years.（3年內，他的收入增至3倍。）
arthritis：名詞，關節炎。例句：Doctors have used newly discovered organic chemicals successfully to treat arthritis.（醫生們採用新發現的有機化學物，成功治療關節炎。）
incidence：名詞。發生率。例句：There’s a high incidence of heart disease there.（那裡的心臟病發生率很高。）