For the current investigation, the researchers tracked the health of over 7,000 Canadian workers between the ages of 35 and 74 over a period of 12 years using medical records and national health survey data. (That was after the scientists adjusted for other potential factors that could affect diabetes risk, including physical activity, BMI and smoking.) They did not see the same effect in men; in fact, men working longer hours seemed to have a lower risk of developing diabetes compared to men working fewer hours. Many spend non-work hours doing household chores and caring for children, more so than their male counterparts, the study states.
Among those who worked 45 or more hours a week the risk was significantly higher (63%) than it was among those who worked between 35 and 40 hours. People who work more than 40 hours a week may experience higher levels of stress, which can change hormones like cortisol.
This was especially surprising given that the study showed risk decreased in men working long hours. Flaxseeds help in reducing the chances of heart complications and also the risk of strokes linked with diabetes.More news: 34 dead in ferry accident near Indonesia's Sulawesi island
Participants' weekly working (paid and unpaid) hours were grouped into four-time bands: 15-34 hours; 35-40 hours; 41-44 hours; and 45 or more hours, and a range of potentially influential factors were considered.
Gilbert-Ouimet said, "Even when men and women do similar work, women earn less". Long working hours might also prompt a chronic stress response in the body, thus, increasing the risk of hormonal abnormalities and insulin resistance. Of course, that would impact women's health.More news: Linda Hunt hurt in Hollywood crash; Oscar-winning actress, NCIS star
"It's important for us to study women". Factors like gender, age, race, marital status, children, the place they lived, whether the job was active or desk-based, health issues, and other lifestyle factors were taken into account. "Working long hours is not a healthy thing to do", said Peter Smith, the study's lead author who's a senior scientist at the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto.
However, additional research seems to point out that there is a connection between over-work and diabetes. Over the time those people were analyzed, 10 percent of them developed type 2 diabetes. "Identifying modifiable risk factors such as long work hours is of major importance to improve prevention strategies and orient policy making".More news: Preparing your pets for fireworks