Overtime Work May Increase Diabetes in Women, But Not Men

Overtime Work May Increase Diabetes in Women, But Not Men

Women who work overtime may be increasing their risk for diabetes, finds a new study. The research published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes & Research found working 45 hours or more per week was associated with a higher risk of diabetes among women, but not men.

The Canadian study analyzed the work hours and reports of diabetes among 7065 men and women over a 12-year period in Ontario. The data was compiled through the 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Researchers say the gender difference could be partly explained by the fact that men working long hours usually hold high-skilled and well-paid jobs, while women work those same hours in low-paid positions.

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