The effects of trucking on the body may not always be so obvious. In fact, I have only gotten confirmation from my doctors about one problem caused by trucking. Back problems.
Trucking may not be for you if you experience lower back pain or already have lower back injury. I have talked to other drivers that have said trucking cause them back injury. I have not personally had any back problems.
I can tell you though, that many back problems often comes from having weak abdomen muscles. If you strengthen your core muscles, I don't think you will have back problems. However, I'm not a doctor.
Also, you will read later that exhaust has been shown to have a negative impact on drivers.
I have noticed some knee discomfort from time to time in the past but it never lasted. It comes and goes but is tolerable.
I always wonder about the long term effects that I can expect from this.
(Update: I wrote this about 2009. I stopped driving in 2011. No knee or back problem then or now. It is Jan 2017.
2nd Update: I am driving part-time February. No knee or back pain.)
I have asked doctors about the effects of trucking on the body and they always say they don't know of any except for the back problem in a few drivers.
Of course trucking is blamed for gaining weight. I talk about that weight gaining myth here.
I have seen proof of the power of this vibration over and over. Things that I had stored away thinking they were safe have been worned dramatically by some other object it was touching. The vibration from driving will ruin it.
If cds are stacked against each other they will be ruin. The boxes in the back of the trailer all have a fine dust on them by the time I reach my destination from the vibration. I figured that this must have some type of effect on the body.
If you have watched any of my videos where the camera is pointed straight ahead through the front window you probably can tell how much continuous vibration is experienced over damaged roadway. (That can be seen in the older videos. I started in 2008. In more recent videos, there is no vibration due to technology. Also, I had an older truck as an owner operator.)
The joints, connecting tissues, blood circulation, etc. (I have always wondered about the impact of the vibration on the organs in the body) But . . .I have asked doctors about the effects of this vibration on the body and they act like its a ridiculous notion and not to worry about it. (which I don't) Seems illogical to me though that the body wouldn't suffer some deterioration.
(Update: Good news. I am happy to say, no issue with organs, lol. It is now 2017. More than 20 years from when I started driving. However, keep in mind that I did what I could to stay in decent shape and also I took breaks from driving. )
There has been a recent Harvard University study done of 54,000 teamsters members that shows drivers had a 49% increase in heart disease related deaths and a 10% increase in lung cancer deaths.Dock workers had a 32% increase in heart diseases related death and a 10% increase in lung cancer related death.
The teamsters members were compared to the US Population of the same age group. The individual activities and habits were not taken into account.Also the overall death rate of the same group which means death by any reason was actually lower than the general population of the same age group.
So you get what you can out of that or check out the study yourself. It will open in a new window.
Update: While not related directly to trucking. Studies have been done on schools near the highway. They show that the children suffer a very high occurrence of asthma due to the pollution from traffic. To me that is also an indication of what a person who drives for a living might experience. Except if you run A/C and/or air purifier in the cab, it could help. I don't know. Keep your ears open for related information to seek it out.
There is also a lot of research being done on COPD in trucking
How Do You Beat The Effects Of Trucking On the Body
The best way to combat injury and sickness of the body from any cause is to be in optimum health and fitness. (Or as close to it as you can)
Develop good eating habits and a sustainable exercise routine so that you are helping your body to naturally fight diseases and the effects of wear and tear from work. (And the abuses we put our body through which includes play)
Take a good multivitamin, I recommend the GNC powder, and try to eat a sensible and balanced diet for truckers.
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