Working long hours has recently been tied to increasing the risk for Type 2 diabetes. Work stress, sleep disturbances, depression, and unhealthy lifestyle all contribute to risk for cardiovascular disease, but long working hours are specifically associated with diabetes risk factors. According to “The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology,” the higher socioeconomic groups were not affected by working hours, but workers of lower socioeconomic status who work more than 55 hours a week increased their risk for Type 2 diabetes by 30 percent. There have not been any intervention studies that could establish cause and effect since the study is purely observational, but this association seems to be persistent in workers for socioeconomic status.
Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya