Stress at work may drastically increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
The German research found workplace stress to be a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, regardless of whether a person is overweight or not.
Professor Karl-Heinz Ladwig, of the Institute of Epidemiology in Munich, and colleagues followed more than 5,300 men and women between the ages of 29 and 66. All of the subjects were in full-time employment and free of diabetes at the outset.
But over the next 12 years, nearly 300 previously healthy individuals were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
After polling volunteers on their stress levels at work and family medical history, and taking body mass index (BMI) measurements, the researchers found the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was some 45% higher for those under the most pressure at work – defined as being faced with huge demands but having little say in how things are done).
Even among workers who were not overweight, or with a relatively healthy BMI, the results indicated high job strain to still be a significant risk factor.
“According to our data, roughly 1 in 5 people in employment is affected …read more
Source:: News from Diabetes.co.uk