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27 September 2018

Long work hours linked to diabetes in women

Clocking up 45 or more working hours in a week is linked to a heightened risk of diabetes in women, according to a study published online in July in the journal BMJ Diabetes Research & Care.

During the monitoring period, one in 10 participants developed type 2 diabetes, with diagnoses more common among men, older age groups, and those who were obese. The length of the working week wasn’t associated with a heightened risk of the disease among men. However, among women who worked 45 or more hours a week the risk was significantly higher (63 per cent) than it was among those who worked between 35 and 40 hours. The effect was only slightly reduced when potentially influential factors, such as smoking, physical activity levels, alcohol consumption and BMI, were taken into account. Source: TUC - Risks n°857

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