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Overtime work can increase the risk of diabetes in women

    Abdulaziz Sobh
    By Abdulaziz Sobh

    Categories: Health


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    Working overtime can help you pay your salary and help you in the office, but a new study suggests that women who register too many hours may have an increased risk of diabetes.

    Researchers in Canada discovered that a woman who worked overtime increased her risk of diabetes and published her findings in the British Medical Journal Diabetes Research and Care on Monday.

    Using medical records, the researchers analyzed the risk of developing diabetes in more than 7,000 men and women between 35 and 74 years of age who worked different numbers of hours per week.

    They found that one in 10 people in the study developed diabetes, particularly if they were men, older and obese. Although women were generally less likely to develop diabetes than men, this is the interesting part: women who worked overtime, or more than 45 hours per week, were 62 percent more likely to develop diabetes than women who worked overtime. They worked regular hours.

    This is especially surprising given that the risk actually decreased in men who work long hours.

    "The difference in paid and unpaid hours for men and women is probably the reason," Dr. Mahée Gilbert-Ouimet, the study's lead researcher, told ABC News. "Women tend to do twice as much unpaid work, such as housework and other family tasks."

    All this can contribute to the increase of stress hormones, which affect the control of blood sugar.

    But women: all is not lost.

    If you can not afford to work fewer hours to meet the traditional 40-hour work week, there are other steps you can take to reduce the risk. The researchers stressed to ABC News that talking with their doctor about more frequent diabetes exams and increasing good habits that help maintain good general health (such as exercising, not smoking, consuming moderate alcohol, sleeping well and eating healthy) are good places to start.

    In addition, women should recognize that it is okay to ask for help for other activities that are not done at work, including family and family responsibilities if they are the main ones that do it.