Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions in America.
An estimated 30 million Americans deal with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
The interesting thing about diabetes is Type 2 diabetes is generally a late onset condition. Meaning people aren’t born with it and habits and behaviors in daily life are what cause it to develop.
There’s a lot of evidence that diet and lifestyle are the two biggest factors contributing to late onset diabetes.
There’s ample research showing that eating the wrong kinds of foods, not exercising, and more then you’re likely to develop diabetes (type 2).
And the more research we do in this area of disease development, the more obvious this becomes.
In a recent study it was discovered that women who work long hours have a greater chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.
In a recent study it was shown that women (men were not affected by this) working 45 hours or more a week had a higher risk of diabetes than women who worked under this amount.
This study was recently published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care and it dealt specifically with 7,000 Canadians ages 35-74.
The research delved specifically into the hours worked as the main area of research which is why they controlled for factors such as marital status, parenthood, ethnicity, place of birth, place of residence, long-term health conditions, lifestyle, weight, and body mass index.
The researchers weren’t sure why these women were more likely to develop diabetes. But they noticed that men were not affected by long work hours. In fact, the more a man worked the less his chances of developing diabetes.
The authors write, “Considering the rapid and substantial increase of diabetes prevalence in Canada and worldwide, identifying modifiable risk factors such as long work hours is of major importance to improve prevention and orient policy making, as it could prevent numerous cases of diabetes and diabetes-related chronic diseases.”
The likely causes for this are that women who work longer hours experience dysregulation in hormone levels that causes them to gain weight. Weight gain is a known factor in diabetes risk as it often leads to insulin resistance a major factor leading to the development of diabetes.