Post Date - Feb 28, 2022
February is not just about candy hearts – it’s also the American Heart Month to raise awareness of heart health and the prevention of heart disease. Do you have any of the following risk factors? If so, it’s never too late to take some steps toward reducing the danger they present to your heart health.
High blood pressure/hypertension
87 percent of truck drivers have hypertension or pre-hypertension compared to the national average of 58.3 percent. Those aren’t numbers any of us wants to see since hypertension (or high blood pressure) is a risk factor for major health problems including heart attack and stroke.
The Department of Transportation requires truck drivers to have a BP reading at 140/90 or below. If you think yours may be higher, the best thing you can do for your blood pressure is to see a medical professional for appropriate guidance on how to best manage it. Consider the following:
High cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity
Statistics from the National Institute of Health show that more than 50 percent of professional truck drivers are obese, compared to the national rate of 26.7 percent. Obesity has a huge influence on cholesterol levels, particularly the good HDL numbers. Also, compared to the general population, the prevalence of diabetes is 50 percent higher for truckers.
Trust us, we know smoking is a tough habit to kick! Over 35 million adults in America are smokers, and more than half of long-haul truck drivers are current cigarette smokers —over twice the general working population (51% vs. 19%). But there’s no question that the best move you can make for a long, healthy life is to quit.
Quitting smoking is difficult so don’t think you won’t have set backs. But think of quitting as a long-haul run. You just keep driving forward. If your truck has a flat tire during that long haul, do you get it towed back to your starting point? No, you address it and move on.
Make a change for a healthy career
CalArk has your best interests at heart! If you’re looking for a carrier that supports you every day, we invite you to join us. We offer high-paying runs and great benefits plus the home time, pay and support you deserve. CalArk offers opportunities for regional company drivers, teams, and owner operators plus warehouse and delivery positions.
Connect with us today to find an opportunity that fits you!