Job Burn-out Raises Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

From Viewpoints: Healing News from Insulite Laboratories
January 2008

People who suffer from job-related stress may be prone to developing Type 2 Diabetes


A new study of 677 middle-aged workers found those affected by burn-out were nearly twice as likely to develop the condition than those who said they didn’t feel under pressure in their jobs.

Lead researcher Dr Samuel Melamed of Tel Aviv University in Israel said: “Earlier studies have found emotional burn-out to be associated with cardiovascular disease risk, sleep disturbances, impaired fertility and musculoskeletal pain.

“Our findings suggest that the potential damage to health may be greater than suspected and it may also include a risk of Diabetes.”

Dr Melamed emphasized that coping with stress was crucial to good health.

“It is possible that these people are prone to Diabetes because they can’t handle stress very well. Their coping resources may have been depleted not only due to job pressure but also life stresses, such as family or personal problems and daily hassles,” said Dr. Melamed.

“Knowledge and implementation of stress-management techniques, such as exercising, getting enough sleep, dieting and assertiveness training may prevent burn-out or reduce it before it becomes chronic, thereby reducing the potential risk of physical health impairment,” he added.

Whatever its source, stress can have harmful physical effects.

For example, stress is a cause of high blood pressure, which is a key risk factor for the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

Stressed-out people are also much less likely to get regular exercise because they lack energy and motivation.

Inactivity, in turn, can cause fat to be deposited around the waist, especially if people eat “comfort food” that is high in carbohydrate content. The resulting weight gain is another major risk factor for the development of Diabetes.

Doctors say that unless people find the time to fit in 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week, along with adopting a balanced, nutritious diet to lose weight, the worldwide Diabetes epidemic will continue to get worse.
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