Stress can lead to higher diabetes risk says new study

A study was published on the 6th of August which found that there is a link between stress, especially generated by the work place, and the development of type 2 diabetes.

Analysing data from previous studies, the researchers, from Helmholtz Zentrum, Munchen, looked at data from 5,337 participants, all who were working and were aged between 29 and 66 years of age and did not have diabetes during at least one of the surveys used to gather data on them.

High job strain was classified as putting people under high demand, with little control over their work load or what they do.

They then had a look at if this high job strain was likely to lead to a higher or lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

291 cases of type 2 diabetes developed in subjects over the period of time the study observed. After taking different risks into account, such as parental diabetes, and making suitable adjustments, the researchers worked out a base risk, and found that those under a high strain at work were up to 45% more likely to develop diabetes.

This shows the damage that stress and high pressure at work can cause to people in their lives. Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to potentially fatal complications.

Reducing the stress you feel in your daily life will decrease your risk of developing diseases like diabetes in the long run. Just a few minutes devoted to stress management practices like mindfulness per day can counter the effects of stress, give you a greater peace of mind, and prevent negative health afflictions in both the mind and body, such as depression or diabetes.

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