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- Updated: September 25, 2014
A report published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests that working more than 55 hours a week can trigger the onset of Diabetes. According to the information, working long hours in blue collar jobs raises risk by 30%.
Of all types of Diabetes, Type II is the most common, which affects as much as 95% of the 26 million people in the United States living with this disease. Data gathered from four published and 19 unpublished studies involving more than 222,000 adults from the US, Australia, Japan, and Europe was analyzed by Mika Kivimaki, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London UK, and his colleagues.
Researchers discovered that people who worked over 55 hours a week in manual or low socioeconomic jobs had a 30% increased risk of developing Type II Diabetes, compared to workers in the same type jobs who worked 40 hours a week or less.
According to Kivimaki, additional research is needed to further analyze the connection between working long hours in blue collar jobs and the onset of Type II Diabetes. In addition, exploration needs to be done on other possible explanations to include disruptive schedules that interfere with things like exercise, relaxation, and sleep.
By using all of the available studies on this specific topic, researchers were able to investigate the link between long hours on the job and risk of diabetes with greater precision that was ever possible in the past.
Kivimaki points out that the increased risk of developing Type II Diabetes and working long hours does not affect everyone but because it appears there is a direct connection, this is something that healthcare professionals should be aware of. With this knowledge, doctors can consider the correlation, especially for patients who work low socioeconomic status type jobs and in whom other risk factors for this disease have been identified.