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Studies show that what you eat, the kind of exercise you get, how much you weigh and how well you sleep can be related to your risk for diabetes. And now a study in Germany shows that even your job can increase your chances of diabetes.
Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München shows that if you have a high stress job, you’re under near-constant pressure to produce and you don’t feel like you have much control over how to control that stress, you run a 45 percent larger risk fo type 2 diabetes than someone else who works a low-stress job.
The study analyzed data from the University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg that was collected from more than 5,000 people between the ages of 29 and 66 who took part in a 13-year study called MONICA/KORA (Myocardial Infarct Register Augsburg).
Researcher Karl-Heinz Ladwig warns that about 20 percent of people in the workplace face the kind of stress that compromises their health: “According to our data, roughly one in five people in employment is affected by high levels of mental stress at work. By that, scientists do not mean ‘normal job stress’ but rather the situation in which the individuals concerned rate the demands made upon them as very high, and at the same time they have little scope for maneuver or for decision making.”
In Ladwig’s view, when workplace stress continues at too high a level for too long, you need to do something to reduce it or face the consequences: “In view of the huge health implications of stress-related disorders, preventive measures to prevent common diseases such as diabetes should therefore also begin at this point.”