Does work take up too much of your time and energy to the point where it starts to cause stress or resentment? Is your work-life balance disrupted because of the long stressful hours at the office? It turns out that you’re not alone in feeling this way.
Most Americans find it hard to get out of work mode even after leaving the office due to the age of technology that we live in which ensures that we’re always contactable.
Stress Increases Your Risk of Diabetes
Researchers are now saying that stress from work has serious health implications including an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A recent study reported in Diabetes Care involving 3,730 participants found a shocking link between stress and risk of diabetes.
All the participants worked in China’s petroleum industry and didn’t have diabetes at the beginning of the research. Over the course of 12 years, the researchers examined the data on these workers to determine how work affected their health.
At the end of year twelve it was determined that workers who experienced more stress on their job showed a 57% increase in their risk of developing diabetes. The risk even increased in those individuals who faced an added financial pressure or did not receive any social support from close family and friends to cope with stress.
Workers who had no outlet to release their stress and had no time for personal hobbies or recreational activities were almost 70% more susceptible to developing diabetes.
Stress: The Underlying Cause of All Weight-Related Problems
Although not directly involved in the study, a researcher named Mika Kivimaki from University College London weighed in on the issue saying that any significant changes in work can have adverse effects on our mental and physical health.
People who are constantly under stress and pressure tend to give less attention to their physical health or diet. Stress has previously been linked with overeating or making poor food choices which further worsens the problem and increase diabetes risk.
Office workers also tend to sit at their desk all day which has been linked with a weakening heart and greater chance of developing cardiovascular diseases. Kivimaki advised that staying physically active and maintaining a healthy weight become even more important when going through a stressful period in life.
The Risk of Diabetes Is Increasing Quickly
Diabetes is becoming a common issue across the world and Medscape says that the number of people suffering from the disease have doubled over the past 30 years. Where only one in ten people had the disease in 2014, World Health Organization speculates that it will become one of the leading causes of death by 2030.
Most of the people who are affected by the disease have type 2 diabetes which has more to do with your diet, weight and level of physical activity than just genetics.
People with diabetes aren’t able to produce or use insulin in order to turn blood glucose into energy. It is a dangerous health condition which can lead to complications like nerve damage in extremities, visual impairment and even death if not treated properly.
In order to combat this problem, physicians recommend regular physical activity and a controlled diet that does not spike up the sugar level and minimizes blood pressure to reduce any complications. People who suffer from diabetes are also advised to reduce stress in their lives which can directly and indirectly make the condition worse.
Factors and Limitations of the Study
In the study, researchers discovered that the biggest triggers of stress included work overload, not having a clear idea about performing tasks, or physical labor that put strain on emotional well-being. Certain factors such as work autonomy, interruptions and poor communication did not affect the risk of diabetes.
People who felt stressed also showed a decline in self-care and other skills crucial for coping with stressful situations. One of the biggest limitations of the study was that it only focused on a single industry which mostly consisted of male workers. However, the research does open doors for further investigation to find a clearer relationship between work stress and diabetes.