Job loss worry linked to higher diabetes risk

By: Emily Lunardo | Health News | Tuesday, October 4, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.


Job loss worry linked to higher diabetes risk A new study has found that if you are worried about losing your job you are at a higher risk for diabetes. The researchers reviewed data from 141,000 US, European and Australian workers with an average age of 42.

Researchers found a 19 percent increased risk of diabetes among those with doubts about their job security, compared with those who felt secure in their employment.

Lead author Jane Ferrie said “These results are consistent with other studies that show that job insecurity is associated with weight gain, a risk factor for diabetes.”

Employees who feared losing their jobs also had an increased risk of coronary heart disease, which is a complication of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers suggest that policies should be implemented in order to reduce stress related to job insecurity. It is important that doctors are aware of the concerns of their patients about their job security because it can be a risk factor that contributes to type 2 diabetes


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