I've always wondered if flying is bad for your health mainly because when you fly the air pressure changes a lot and i've always thought that, that can lead to negative side affects. So can someone please tell if there are any negatives to flying which may affect your health. And are there any reasons of why flying is good for your health??

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    $\begingroup$ The pressure change is only bad if you already have bad ears or respiratory system. The bigger issue is cosmic radiation causing cancer and disruption to your circadian rhythm from unsociable work patterns. $\endgroup$
    – Notts90
    Feb 14, 2017 at 12:55
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    $\begingroup$ I find that it lowers my blood pressure quite a bit, so I fly as often as possible. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Feb 14, 2017 at 15:14
  • $\begingroup$ I know this doesn't answer your question - General Chuck Yeager who probably has tens of thousands of flight hours, just turned 94 years old. :-) $\endgroup$
    – Sean Huber
    Feb 17, 2017 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ @RonBeyer Have you found a doctor yet who issues a prescription for this? Would you mind recommending? $\endgroup$
    – PerlDuck
    Feb 17, 2017 at 21:03
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    $\begingroup$ I know, it was a light hearted reply... If you figure out that scam let me know, honestly my hourly aircraft rate is probably less than prescribed massages for people with bad backs... $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Feb 19, 2017 at 18:05

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There has been some reports which have noted a higher than average incidence of certain cancers in aircrew. The reports are somewhat inconclusive

Overall, the reports suggest that pilots are at increased risk of malignant melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, and possibly acute myeloid leukemia, and that cabin crew are at increased risk for breast cancer and malignant melanoma. However, the question remains as to whether the observed excesses are due to occupational exposures or non-occupational factors, such as reproductive history and lifestyle

Source: British Medical Journal

Research is ongoing.

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    $\begingroup$ ....or days spent round the pool and at the beach on those long haul layovers ;) $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Feb 14, 2017 at 19:06

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