Workplace stress can raise your diabetes risk

Work-related stress can significantly increase the risk of developing diabetes, says a study. Individuals who are under a high level of pressure at work and at the same time perceive little control over the activities they perform face an about 45 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the findings showed.

“In view of the huge health implications of stress-related disorders, preventive measures to prevent common diseases such as diabetes should therefore also begin at this point,” said professor Karl-Heinz Ladwig from Helmholtz Zentrum MAnchen, German Research Center for Environmental Health.

Roughly one in five people in employment are affected by high levels of mental stress at work. The scientists examined data prospectively collected from more than 5,300 employed individuals aged between 29 and 66.

At the beginning of the study, none of the participants had diabetes, while in the post-observation period, which covered an average of 13 years, almost 300 of them were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The increase of risk in work-related stress was identified independently of classic risk factors such as obesity, age or gender. The findings appeared in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

Type 2 diabetes is the more commonly found form of diabetes. It is an endocrine disorder where the pancreas may be producing insulin but your body may not be able to use it properly.

This cause a rise in blood sugar levels. Due to the modern lifestyle where people are mostly sedentary, eat processed foods and lead a stressful life, type 2 diabetes is fast becoming the most common disease around the world with India leading the pack.

Here is something you can do to prevent diabetes. A lot of people have prediabetes (fasting sugar: 100-125 mg/dl) and are totally clueless about it. A blood sugar test will help you to understand whether you’re prediabetic and what are your chances of developing diabetes. If you get diagnosed with prediabetes, then you can take the right steps and prevent it from transforming into irreversible diabetes. Here are things you should know about prediabetes.

Sometimes, small changes can make a huge difference. Lifestyle intervention for preventing diabetes is the best example for this. Several studies on diabetes prevention programme have proved that diabetes can be prevented effectively by giving up sedentary lifestyle and adopting healthier changes. Read more about sedentary lifestyle and diabetes risk.

Eat a healthy diet that has low calories, especially low saturated fats. Trials have shown that fat intake should not exceed 30 percent of the total calorie intake, whereas saturated fats should be restricted to just 10 percent. Include more of vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, dairy products and sources of omega 3 fats. Also, increase your fibre intake. Here’s how fibre can help you to prevent diabetes.

How much you eat and when you eat is as important as what you eat. Reducing portion size and dividing meals throughout the day reduces the risk of obesity and diabetes. Eating proportionately will definitely be more helpful than starving yourself and overeating later due to excessive hunger. Irregularity in pattern of eating also causes drastic changes in blood sugar levels. For more tips read 10 things to do to keep diabetes at bay.

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