Job Worries and Diabetes

Many Arizonans, like people all across the country, worry about job security. Now, a new study suggests those concerns could lead to Type 2 diabetes.

From the Arizona Daily Sun:

Workers who feel as if they might lose their job also seem to have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Researchers reviewed data from nearly 141,000 workers in the United States, Europe and Australia. The workers’ average age was 42.

The investigators found that diabetes rates were 19 percent higher among those who felt their employment was at risk (job insecurity) compared to people who felt secure in their jobs.

Reuters News quoted the study’s lead author, Jane Ferrie, as saying, “In an ideal world, the sort of thing I’d like to see come out of this study is a reduction in job insecurity and an increase in secure job contracts and reasonable wages.”

Multiple published reports were quick to point out that the results do not confirm a cause-and-effect relationship between job insecurity and diabetes. In other words – the study cannot prove that worrying about one’s job leads to the disease. However, researchers do believe their findings are significant for public health.

From Fox News Health:

“Job-related stress can cause people to overeat and overindulge in other unhealthy behaviors, and stress hormones can directly promote weight gain as well, all of which could contribute to increased risk for diabetes.”

A story in HealthDay.com pointed out that researchers believe, “it’s important for doctors and other health care providers to know that if someone is worried about losing their job, (as) they may have a modestly greater risk of developing diabetes.”

Nearly 1-in-10 adults have diabetes according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization’s website lists the following as ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

  • Healthy diet,
  • Regular physical activity,
  • Maintaining a normal body weight, and
  • Avoiding tobacco use.

We will see if job insecurity is one day added to that list.

Share your thoughts on this new study and whether you believe there may be a link between type 2 diabetes and job concerns. Working together to find innovative solutions to today’s health problems is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

 

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