Could work-related stress increase Type 2 risk in women?

A recent study featured in the European Journal of Endocrinology finds that work stress may contribute to the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, particularly in women.

Recent data shows that 9 percent of the United States population is now living with diabetes and another 84 million people are living with pre-diabetes.

“Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include a lack of physical activity, elevated BMI, being aged 45 years or older, having high cholesterol and high blood pressure, or having a family history of diabetes, heart disease, or stroke.”

There are also psychological risk factors to consider such as depression, which can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This new study finds that for women, work-related stress may impact their risk of developing diabetes over time.

70,000 women were studied over a 22 year period. During the study, researchers were studying the link between mentally tiring work and the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

75% of the women studied were teachers and expressed that their work was mentally tiring.

Over the 22 year period, 4,187 participants developed type 2 diabetes. However, research revealed that diabetes was considerably higher among participants that deemed their work mentally taxing.

Specifically, those who said that their job was “very” mentally taxing at the start of the study were 21 percent more likely to develop the condition than women with “little or not mentally tiring work.”

Researchers did consider outside factors, but still found the the rates were the same. The study concluded the importance of stress management in the workplace and how it can affect long term health.

Researchers hope to examine the effects of work-related stress on those already living with type 2 diabetes.

To learn more: Type 2 diabetes: Work stress may increase risk in women – Medical News Today

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