Health

Long working hours could make women prone to acquiring diabetes

A new study conducted by a team of researchers brought to light that the women who work for fewer hours in a day tend to be at a lower risk of acquiring diabetes.

As a part of this study, the researchers analyzed information from around 7,065 Canadians for over twelve years. They discovered that the women who worked persistently for forty-five or more number of hours a week had sixty-three percent higher risk of acquiring diabetes in comparison to those who only worked for thirty-five to forty hours per week.

However, the men working for longer hours did not tend to experience a higher risk of developing diabetes. The researchers still have not obtained any clear reason supporting this gender difference but they claim that it could involve the things that women do during their time after office.

The co-author of the study, Mahee Gilbert-Ouimet at the University of Toronto, said in a statement, “If you think about all the unpaid work they do on their off-hours, like household chores, for example, they simply do more than men, and that can be stressful, and stress negatively impacts your health.”

The women who are working for longer hours are even reportedly in lesser-paying jobs in comparison to men. Gilbert-Ouimet, the postdoctoral fellow, explained, “Even when men and women do similar work, women earn less. Of course, that would impact women’s health. Think about the stress of working harder and getting less for it.” Further, the researcher added, “It’s important for us to study women. They are still under-evaluated in most areas of health, and it’s a real shame because if we look closer, there are still big inequalities.”

A study performed in 2016 in Japan also showed a similar result pointing out that the workers working in non-shifts for more than forty-five hours showed a higher risk of acquiring diabetes. A study performed in 2006 even brought to light similar risks. Working for long hours could also increase the risk of heart issues.

Prof. Orfeu Buxton at Penn State said that the other attribute contributing to this risk is that the women working for long hours get stressed and also get a less sleep time and moreover, neglect exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. Buxton said, “This should be eye-opening to corporations, especially while they still have to pay for health care.”

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