Risk of this disease can increase in hard-working women

  • Risk of this disease can increase in hard-working women

Risk of this disease can increase in hard-working women

Researchers, led by Dr. Maui Gilbert-Wime of Quebec's FRQS Research Center and the Toronto Institute of Labor and Health, who published the publication in the British medical journal BMJ Diabetes Research & Care, analyzed data for 7,065 workers aged 35 up to 74 years at a depth of 12 years.

The results showed that overworking among women was associated with 63 per cent of higher risk of diabetes among women where as incidence of diabetes in men was found mainly among older age groups, and those who were obese.

There was no explanation for the gender differences, researchers suggest women working longer hours when household chores and family responsibilities are considered may be partial cause.

"Working 45 hours or more weekly can be associated with an increased incidence of diabetes, and of course, in [the United States] many have a double job, so they work many more hours than what is quoted by our Ontarian neighbors", Zonszein said. There are studies which labelled this "over-work-under-pay diabetes risk" as controversial.

In this regard, long work hours have recently been linked with diabetes, but more high-quality prospective studies are needed.

Response: Promoting the regular workweek of 35-40 hours might be an effective strategy for preventing diabetes among women. Hours worked per week were stratified across four categories - 15-34 hours, 25-40 hours, 41-44 hours, and ≥45 hours worked each week.

Women working more than 45 hours may be at higher risk of developing diabetes warned a new study. Gilbert-Ouimet added, "It's important for us to study women". The researchers also accounted for a range of factors that may influence the health outcomes of the individuals such as age, marital status, ethnicity, long-term health conditions, weight, and lifestyle.

However, the calculations showed that in men, the workweek does not affect the risk of diabetes.

The study authors aren't sure why extra work may boost diabetes risk, or why this link was only found in women.

Orfeu Buxton, a professor of bio-behavioural health at Penn State who was not involved with this particular study, but has done similar research, was quoted by CNN as saying that another factor possibly driving this risk is that when women work a lot, in addition to the stress, there is less time for self-care.

The fact that long work hours may be connected to diabetes isn't entirely surprising.

The study concluded that 10% of the participants developed diabetes.