Diabetes Risk Linked to Long Hours for Women Workers

Toronto — Women who work 45 or more hours a week may have an increased risk of diabetes, according to a recent study from the Institute for Work and Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Researchers analyzed medical records and data from 7,065 Canadian workers between the ages of 35 and 74 for 12 years. They found that women who worked at least 45 hours a week had a 63 percent higher risk of developing diabetes than women who worked between 35 and 40 hours.

The risk ratio was only slightly lower when the researchers adjusted for health conditions and behavior linked to diabetes, including physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption.

Researchers speculate that stress stemming from juggling family-life responsibilities with a larger workload may trigger hormonal imbalances and insulin resistance that contribute to an increased risk of diabetes.

The International Diabetes Federation states that 425 million adults worldwide live with diabetes, including 327 million who are of working age.