Job Stress Related to Type-2 Diabetes

Man, stress causes heart attacks, predisposes you to mental illness, and even makes you shoot blanks. Now it’s time to add something new to the list: type-2 diabetes.

A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine has found that workplace stress is a risk factor for type-2 diabetes—people under pressure on the job face a 45% higher risk of developing the disease compared to their low-stress counterparts.

Researchers pulled data from KORA, a large cohort study. There were more than 5,300 employed participants, between the ages of twenty-nine and sixty-six, who participated for thirteen years. At the start of the study, none had diabetes. By the end, nearly 300 had developed type-2 diabetes. Independent of age, sex, and obesity, the key factor shared by these people was high-stress work environments.

So, there’s yet another reason to tame stress. May we suggest reading a book?

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