Blue-collar workers 30% more likely to get diabetes 2
LONG hours, sleep deprivation and no exercise increase the risk of diabetes in blue-collar workers.
Australians in low socioeconomic jobs are putting their health at risk, a study published in The Lancet Diabetes &
Endocrinology journal said.
Researchers, who pooled data from Australia and other countries, found garbage collectors, cleaners and other manual labourers were 30% more likely to get diabetes two.
They were at extra risk if they worked more than 55 hours a week, leaving almost no time to exercise or sleep.
Researcher Professor Mika Kivimaki said people who worked in white-collar jobs had enough money to counteract the impact of working long hours on their health.
Paying for childcare and house-cleaning gave them more time to undertake healthy activities to reduce health problems.
Lack of sleep was a key factor in contracting diabetes, Prof Kivimaki said.
- APN NEWSDESK