Long hours at work linked to increased risk of type 2 diabetes

People who work more than 55 hours a week in low socioeconomic status jobs have about a 30-percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to the largest study conducted on this topic to date, from researches at University College London.

The study involved 222,120 men and women from the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia who were tracked for an average of 7.6 years.

Researchers found that adults working more than 55 hours per week had a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than adults working a normal 40-hour week, but the type of job performed also seemed to influence risk. Those performing low socioeconomic status jobs had a higher risk - even after the researchers excluded shift work and accounted for factors like age, obesity or gender.

Disruptive schedules that don't leave enough time for exercise, relaxation or sleep could be to blame for the increased diabetes risk, researchers said.

"Although working long hours is unlikely to increase diabetes risk in everyone, health professionals should be aware that it is associated with a significantly increased risk in people doing low socioeconomic status jobs," said study author Professor Mika Kivimäki.

The study is published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Source: The Lancet

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