Specifically, those who worked ≥45 hours in 1 week reported a significantly higher risk for developing incident diabetes compared with women who worked 35-40 hours each week (HR 1.63, 95% CI 1.04-2.57), according to Mahée Gilbert-Ouimet, PhD candidate, of Centre de recherche FRQS in Quebec, and colleagues.
To try and provide a more comprehensive picture, the researchers tracked the health of 7065 Canadian workers between the ages of 35 and 74 over a period of 12 years (2003-15), using national health survey data and medical records.
Too many working hours give women increased diabetes risk, says a latest research disclosed in the journal of BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care.
It was found that the longer duration of the work week was not associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men, even the likelihood of diabetes declined, the longer a man worked.
She said it might be the same for men if they were in similar positions like women, but the fact that most men who work for long hours tend to be the best paid, in higher positions and lesser housework.
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The researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway show that around 7.8 per cent of people affected by workaholism, or an addiction to work.
Response: Promoting the regular workweek of 35-40 hours might be an effective strategy for preventing diabetes among women. "Think about the stress of working harder and getting less for it". Most of the studies also included only men and not women.
The effect was slightly reduced when other factors, such as smoking, alcohol intake, exercise, and body mass index were taken into account.
It should be noted, though, that the study could only show an association between long work hours and diabetes; it wasn't created to prove a cause and effect. They found, for example, that the effect of longer working hours was stronger among women logging more than 45 hours a week at work who were living with children under age 12.
However, additional research seems to point out that there is a connection between over-work and diabetes. Of course, that would impact women's health.
"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".