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Long work hours may hike women’s diabetes risk by 70%

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Women who work for 45 hours or more a week may be associated with nearly 70 percent increased risk of diabetes as compared to men or women who worked for 30 to 40 hours a week, a study has found.

While it is an observational study, the researchers noted, that the reason may be because women might work longer hours when all the household chores and family responsibilities are taken into account, the researchers said.

Interestingly, the length of the working week wasn’t associated with a heightened risk of the disease among men. If anything, the incidence of diabetes tended to fall, the longer a man’s working week was, the results showed.

For the study, published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, the researchers tracked the health data of 7,065 workers aged between 35 and 74 years for a period of 12 years.

Based on weekly working paid and unpaid hours, the participants’ were grouped into four-time bands: 15-34 hours; 35-40 hours; 41-44 hours; and 45 or more hours.

The results showed that overworking among women was associated with 63 percent of the higher risk of diabetes among women whereas an incidence of diabetes in men was found mainly among older age groups and those who were obese.

Global estimates indicate that 439 million adults will be living with diabetes by 2030 — an increase of 50 percent on the figures for 2010. In 2015 alone, diabetes cost the global economy $1.31 trillion.

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