February 13, 2018

Frequent night shift work linked to Type 2 diabetes

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

Healthcare workers and others who work the night shift, especially rotating night shifts, are significantly more likely to have Type 2 diabetes than those who work only days, this study finds.

The analysis of more than 270,000 people also found that the more nights employees work, the greater their odds of having the disease, whether they are genetically predisposed to it or not. For instance, employees who worked eight or more night shifts per month were 36% more likely to have diabetes than day workers. Those who worked only nights showed no increased incidence of diabetes.

The findings represent another puzzle piece in the quest towards healthier work schedules, the authors say.

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