Long work hours may hike women's diabetes risk by 70%

05 July, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Kara Nash
  • He also looked on with interest as dozens of bars of pink soap were laid out before him by factory workers

Subjects were grouped into 4 time bands: 45+ hours, 41-44 hours, 35-40 hours, and 15-34 hours, with a range of factors considered including ethnicity, sex, age, place of birth, place of residence, health conditions, BMI, parenthood, and lifestyle.

Clocking over 45 working hours in a week can increase the risk of diabetes in women, a study has found.

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

Among women, on the other hand, those who worked 45 or more hours a week had a 63-percent higher risk of diabetes compared to those who worked between 35 and 40 hours.

Previous research has indicated an association between long working hours and increased diabetes risk. Working for too long may prompt a chronic stress response in the body which may further up the risk of insulin resistance.

Meanwhile, a charity has warned the British public is "not taking diabetes seriously".

Chris Askew, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: "Losing a limb, eyesight or having a stroke is devastating and often life-changing". Our study evaluated the relationship between long work hours and the incidence of diabetes among 7065 workers over a 12-year period in Ontario, Canada.


Dr Mahee Girbert-Ouimet, who led the study, said that the findings indeed roll down to the fact that the female workers tend to have added responsibility of running their house, apart from the office work. Not eating a good diet or getting enough sleep can also be contributing factors to diabetes and could potentially increase in women that are working longer hours.

The study was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

An estimated 439 million adults worldwide will be living with diabetes by 2030.

The researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway show that around 7.8 per cent of people affected by workaholism, or an addiction to work.

Every tenth participant of the project during the time of observation fell ill with type 2 diabetes. Workplace factors included number of weeks worked, shift work, primarily active or sedentary work, and number of weeks worked.

A 2015 study done by University College London found that people working long hours are more likely to have a stroke, and the reasons might be connected to stress, physical inactivity, and higher alcohol consumption.

However, the team also found that for women, working more hours significantly increased the risk of developing diabetes.

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