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Work Life Balance: Does Job Stress Increase Risk of Diabetes?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 19th, 2014

Research published in the August issue of Diabetes Care proves that stress at work may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to Solja T. Nyberg, of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki. This study raises the question of how well organizations are addressing work life balance issues for their employees.

Nyberg and colleagues conducted analysis of data for 124,808 men and women free of diabetes at baseline to assess the association between job strain and risk of incident type 2 diabetes.

The researchers found thlack of work life balanceat, after multivariable adjustment, individuals with job strain, compared with those without job strain, had an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (hazard ratio [HR], 1.15; 95 percent confidence interval [CI], 1.06 to 1.25) for both men (HR, 1.19; 95 percent CI, 1.06 to 1.34) and women (HR, 1.13; 95 percent CI, 1.00 to 1.28). Stratified analysis showed that job strain was associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes among those with healthy and unhealthy lifestyle habits.

“In conclusion, we show a modest but robust association between job strain and the development of type 2 diabetes irrespective of lifestyle risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity,” the authors write.

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