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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Research reveals job link to diabetes

Long hours in a dead-end job can increase diabetes risk by almost a third, research has shown.

People in low-status, poorly-paid jobs who work 55 hours or more a week are 30pc more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those putting in 35 to 40 hours, scientists found.

The difference remained after taking account of factors such as smoking, physical activity, age, gender and obesity.

Even excluding the impact of shift work, which has been shown to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes, did not alter the result.

Researchers analysed data from more than 222,000 men and women who participated in diabetes studies in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia.

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Lead scientist Prof Mika Kivimaki, from University College London, said: "Although working long hours is unlikely to increase diabetes risk in everyone, health professionals should be aware that it is associated with a significantly increased risk in people doing low socio-economic status jobs."

The findings are reported in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, which co-funded the research, said: "The study's authors confirm more research into this finding is needed.

"Having diabetes increases someone's risk of having a heart attack or stroke, so reducing that risk is essential."

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