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Long commutes lead to shorter lifespans

Monday - 4/15/2013, 7:03am  ET

WASHINGTON - When you think "killer commutes," you think of sitting in miles of traffic.

But gridlock can literally kill by raising your blood pressure, your stress level and your risk of heart disease.

A new Swedish study finds workers with commutes over 30 miles die younger than those with shorter commutes, the Pacific Standard reports.

Extreme commuters also take more sick leave and gain more weight.

Women with low incomes and low education levels are most likely to die younger from long commutes.

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