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Are shift workers at increased Type 2 diabetes risk?


A new study is being reported in today's news suggestingType 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts.

Diabetes UK has responded to the study, which has been published in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal.

Dr Alasdair Rankin, Director of Research for Diabetes UK, said: “This study combines evidence from previous research to suggest people who do lots of shift work may be at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, especially for men and people who work rotating shifts.

"The exact reasons for this are unclear and the evidence that it is the shift work that is causing an increase to risk of Type 2 diabetes is not conclusive. Nonetheless, these findings suggest that shift workers need to be aware of their personal risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

"They can do this by taking a Type 2 diabetes risk assessment, either online or in their local pharmacy. The best way to reduce your risk of Type 2 is to maintain a healthy weight through regular physical activity and by eating a healthy balanced diet.”


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