As you monitor networks, manage projects and configure applications as an IT professional it is easy to end up spending most of the time in front of the computer. IT emergencies tend to appear when you least expect them so a worker needs to be on call even outside business hours. As time passes this will have a really bad effect on health, including the common ones we mention below.
In this condition blood clots are formed and travel towards lungs and brain. That can cause pulmonary embolisms, strokes and many other health conditions that require urgent treatment. Prevention is all about having short breaks from time to time, usually at a period of around one hour. What few people know is that even a really quick walk going to the bathroom or to buy something will help out as blood ends up flowing more, thus preventing clots.
This is the type of problem that is not really shown in discussed health care changes related to the IT industry as we rarely think about this. Unfortunately, men that have a sedentary lifestyle have been proven to have a higher risk of developing heart disease by 64%. IT professionals often sit and do nothing else so the risk has to be considered. Once again, regular short breaks help out a lot.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This happens when the wrist’s major nerve is compressed following continual stress. Carpal tunnel syndrome gradually starts with simple symptoms like tingling and light burning. Eventually decreased wrist mobility and severe pain appear. If you often use the computer you have to regularly stretch wrists in order to fight off the first symptoms that appear. Also, proper desk working sitting position should be present.
Deficiency Of Vitamin D
Sun exposure is really important for getting vitamin D but if you spend a lot of time indoors as you are faced with IT concerns, deficiency may appear. A deficiency of this lesser-known condition is connected with various health problems like some cancers and multiple sclerosis. It is important to enjoy the sun from time to time and to take a good multivitamin but the diet can also include fatty fish and fortified cereals.
One thing you may not know is that most cell phones and keyboards are filled with different microorganisms, including bacteria. We also have to worry about dirty tech tools, flu bugs and cold bugs. What you should do is wipe all desk surfaces and the keyboard on a regular basis with a good antibacterial wipe so that bacterial infections can be prevented. Hands need to be cleaned before eating.
Stress, Depression And Anxiety
The IT workers often need to manage disaster recovery and crises. This can be really stressful. Anxiety and mood swings can easily appear, with recurring stress leading to various possible physical symptoms. What should be done is to limit the use of the computer. A good idea is to limit the amount of time you spend online when you are not working. Whenever you feel too tired and you do not have interest in the things that you do regularly enjoy, it is a good idea to go to the doctor.