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Women with Long Workweeks More Likely to Develop Diabetes

By jeremyc | July 6, 2018

Long working hours affect men and women differently when it comes to diabetes risk. According to a new study, women having a 45-hour long workweek carry an increased risk of diabetes. However, the risk of diabetes in men who work that many hours is not affected.

Although previous research has hinted at a link between working more number of hours in a workweek and raised diabetes risk, majority of such studies were done on men.

Quiet interestingly, the latest research finds that long work weeks affect men differently. That is, the more number of hours men work in the workweek, the lower their chance of developing diabetes.

However, women who clock 45 hours or more have a much higher risk than women who work fewer than 45 hours.

To be precise, women working for 45 hours or more in a week were 63 percent more likely to develop diabetes than women who’d 35-40 hour long workweek.

As this was an observational study, causation was not established. However, based on their findings, the researchers suggest that urging women to clock less number of hours in the workweek might be an effective strategy to reduce their diabetes risk.

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