New research says that if you work shifts you have a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
The risk increases again if your shifts are not the same, regular hours, and if you are male.
The research was published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal.
- People who work shifts have a 9% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, if the shift patterns are regular.
- Men who work shifts have a 37% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- People who work day and night shift work, such as doctors, firemen and police officers have a 42% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, because their shift patterns are not regular.
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Why are shift workers at higher risk?
Shift patterns that are not regular, for example 9am-5am one day, 3am – 8am another day, 11pm-6am another, affects the body. Regular changes in work hours makes it difficult to sleep at night, maintain a healthy weight and control hormones in the body (hormones are tiny parts that move around in the body to make it work).
After monitoring people in special medical laboratories, researchers from China found that people who slept during the day were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes very quickly.
What should shift workers and men do to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
- Be aware of type 2 diabetes and know how to avoid developing it
- Eat a healthy diet
- Eat early in the evening, not late at night. Eating late at night increases the risk of getting fat, and being fat is a common cause of type 2 diabetes.
- Going to the chemist and having a type 2 diabetes risk check.
- Exercising regularly.
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