According to a new US study, taking a vacation would be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Unfortunately, many people who are entitled to paid leave do not benefit.
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There are many scientific studies to celebrate the merits of the holidays and especially a break from work. A new study published June 17 in the journal Psychology and Health gives us a new reason to take full advantage of the upcoming summer getaways. According to researchers at Syracuse University in the United States, the holidays would have a beneficial effect on our hearts.
To arrive at this pleasing conclusion, the researchers studied 63 workers entitled to paid leave. The latter went to the laboratory where they were given a blood test while answering a questionnaire about their taking vacation in the last twelve months. As a result, "What we found was that people who had been on vacation more frequently in the last twelve months were less likely to develop syndromes and metabolic symptoms," says Bryce Hruska, assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Syracuse and lead author of the study.
"Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease - the more you present, the more likely you are to develop cardiovascular disease," he says. Thus, going on vacation reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Many people do not take the vacation they are entitled to
In detail, the metabolic syndrome, or syndrome X, refers to the presence of a set of physiological signs that increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke. These warning signs are not always visible or felt by the patient. They are identified during routine tests. For example, a person who has abnormal glucose and blood lipid levels and high blood pressure will be diagnosed with a metabolic syndrome and taken very seriously to prevent this from escalating.
If researchers do not know what mechanism is at work during the holidays to achieve such health benefits, these results prove the importance of the holidays for the organization. "Vacations are possible for nearly 80% of employed people, but less than half of them use all the time available to them, but our research shows that if people benefited more, it would change the game for them. term ", concludes Bryce Hruska.
And the Americans would do all the better to enjoy their vacation that they do not have much in comparison with us. They have about ten days of paid annual leave (that increases with the seniority in the company) against 6.2 weeks on average in France. With us, however, people are far from being angry with the holidays, quite the opposite. Thus, according to a study conducted for the online travel agency Opodo, in 2018, despite a dull economic and social context, the French were never so gone on vacation. In fact, according to the survey, 66% of people aged 15 and over went on vacation that year. Will the cardiovascular health of the French be improved?