Work-related stress can significantly increase the likelihood of the onset of adult asthma, scientists have warned.
Research carried out by a team at the University of Heidelberg in Germany tracked the professional lives and health of around 5,000 men and women between the ages of 40 and 65 over the course of eight years, the Daily Mail reported.
The scientists found that those professionals who complained of having to work long hours in demanding jobs were around 40 per cent more likely to develop asthma than those who were able to leave the stresses of work behind them when they clocked off each day.
"Our study suggests work stress and the inability to relax after work are associated with an increased risk of asthma," they explained in the journal Allergy.
They theorised that stress could lead to the immune system becoming damaged, thereby increasing the likelihood of developing the respiratory condition, which is usually associated with childhood.
The charity Asthma UK estimates that there is at least one person suffering from the condition in one in five British households.