Working Overtime Could Raise Women’s Diabetes Risk

Working Overtime Could Raise Women’s Diabetes Risk

Working Overtime Could Raise Women’s Diabetes Risk

By Serena Gordon

Working lots of overtime may get you appreciation from the boss, but it might be bad for your health.

New research suggests that women who clock 45 or more hours a week have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than women who log 35 to 40 hours weekly.

The study authors aren’t sure why extra work may boost diabetes risk, or why this link was only found in women. But they suspect it might have something to do with the hours of unpaid work at home that women tend to engage in more than men.

“It’s important to understand that the work environment does play an increased role in the risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Working long hours is not a healthy thing to do,” said the study’s lead author, Peter Smith. He’s a senior scientist at the Institute for Work and Health in Toronto.

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