Shift Workers have Higher Chances of Developing type 2 Diabetes

Shift Workers have Higher Chances of Developing type 2 Diabetes

Those who work in shifts have more chances of having type 2 diabetes, says a new study. The research was reported on July 24 in the journal, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

People, who work in shifts have higher risk of cancer, digestive and cardiovascular disease. Diabetes can also cause damage to blood vessels and lead to heart attacks.

It is believed that disturbance in sleeping pattern causes the metabolic and hormonal changes. These patterns can lead to increase in appetite and weight gain.

According to the data from the study by the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, shift workers have 9% more chance of having type 2 diabetes. In men, it is 35% and the risk is higher in the one who work in both, day and night shifts.

The study authors added, "Given the increasing prevalence of shift work worldwide, and the heavy economic burden of diabetes, the results of our study provide practical and valuable clues for the prevention of diabetes." With the addition that male shift workers should pay more attention to the prevention of diabetes.

The occurrence of type 2 diabetes has many reasons which are related to the altered sleeping and eating patterns. If a person eats late at night then there are more chances of storing calories leading to deposition of fat. These factors cause obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The possible ways to decrease the risk of developing diabetes with the shift work includes the person should eat healthy food, do regular exercise and should ensure proper sleep.

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