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Job 'burn out' could cause onset of Type 2 diabetes

Researchers in Israel believe that people who suffer from job 'burn out' could be much more at risk of diabetes.  In fact stress could be just as important as being overweight, being a smoker and leading a sedentary lifestyle.

The study looked at over 600 male workers and found that those who suffered from job 'burn out' were twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

"Stress certainly could play a part in the onset of Type 2 diabetes, said Natasha Marsland, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"Stress can cause high blood pressure which is a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes and it can also cause fat to deposit around the waist which is also a huge risk factor.

"Working long hours in stressful environments leaves little time for physical activity. Unless people find the time to fit in 30 minutes of physical activity day, the diabetes epidemic will continue to get worse.

"Previously Type 2 diabetes was only found in people over 40, but it is now increasing at an alarming rate in younger people. Unhealthy and stressful lifestyles are definitely a contributing factor in this."

Any male with a waist of over 37 inches or 35 inches for Asian men and any female with a waist of over 31 and a half inches should take our simple online two minute test to see if they are likely to have diabetes.

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