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The negative health effects of commuting

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A quick look at Youtube shows it all—from temper tantrums to yelling, to riding the breaks, even extreme tailgating.

Is commuting hurting your health?

It’s clear driving is stressing us out. According to a new study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, traffic might be costing us our lives.

Brian Saleeba commutes from Arlington to Laurel, Md. five days a week.

"I worry about it a lot it makes me tired it makes me irritable so I can definitely see that being a problem,” Saleeba said.

Researchers found people who drive long distances are more likely to be overweight and are at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Even short commutes of 10 miles can raise high blood pressure and they found that drivers who travel more than 15 miles are not physically active.

It’s three hours a day in her car, but it’s only a five mile commute to Jennifer Pearson’s job.

“Sometimes that five miles can take a while if 395 is backed up,” Pearson said.

Vincent Buckner has a reverse commute—D.C. to Virginia—and he feels it.
“You are constantly hitting the gas the brake, the gas the brake people are constantly running off the road,” Buckner said.

To combat the potentially deadly risks of traffic woes, doctors advise you get up and walk once at work and when you are stuck in traffic, listen to books on tape or try repeating this mantra: "there's nothing I can do about it."

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