What does frequent travel do to your body?
We've all probably heard that flying dehydrates you and planes have germs. But the real consequences of frequent flying are more serious than we might think...
Research from expert Scott Cohen, deputy director of research of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, recently published a paper titled A Darker Side of Hypermobility, which aggregated the data from 15 years of major studies on frequent travel.
Some highlights from his findings include:
- Just seven round-trip flights a year from New York to Tokyo (about 85,000 miles) exceeds the limit for public exposure to radiation.
- Frequent flying can lead to chronic jet lag, which can cause memory impairment and has been linked in studies to disrupting gene expression that influences aging and the immune system, and increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Air travel also increases the risk of deep-vein thrombosis, or the formation of a blood clot often in the legs, and it exposes passengers to germs.
- Breathing the same recirculated air exposes frequent business travelers to germs more often, and the stresses of traveling can even switch off genes that are linked to the immune system. This means that frequent travelers are not as well equipped to fight off disease as people who travel less frequently.
- Frequent business travelers are more out of shape and at risk for obesity. Airline foods are packed with salt and sugar to preserve them at high altitudes and over long journeys.
- Frequent business travelers are more at risk for mental health issues too. "The disruption of the circadian rhythm from jet lag affects mood, judgment, and concentration for up to six days."
- “One study found that employees of the World Bank who travel frequently for work have a threefold increase in psychological claims on medical insurance as opposed to nontravelers.”
Travel also has a psychological and emotional impact. Stress can set in while preparing and making arrangements at home and work before trips. In addition, business trips are not usually associated with a reduced workload and can create extra stress about tasks accumulating while away.
So while all this information isn't meant to scare you, traveling does have the potential to make our health deteriorate.
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