Could Working Overtime Put You at Risk for Diabetes?

You may want to think twice about those extra hours!

July 3, 2018

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People are working more and more hours per week at work. And even when we are not at work, often times we are bringing work home with us at night and over the weekend. Thank God for vacation time right? 

Working overtime can be tempting because it means you have the chance to earn some extra cash if are salaried and are paid after you go over your normal hours. Plus, it shows that you have team spirit and are out to help the company you work for. But the risks may far outweigh the benefits, especially for women. 

According to new research, working overtime can put a woman at risk for developing diabetes! They looked at 7,000 men and women ages 35 to 74 who were working different numbers of weekly hours. One out of ten ended up developing diabetes. For men, they were likely to get it if they were older and obese. But with women that is where they found some interesting data.

Women who worked overtime, or over 45 hours per week, were 62 percent more likely to get diabetes over those women who worked regular hours. Eek! That's a huge chance. 

So although that extra money may be nice it may just go to paying for more doctor's appointments and medication in the long run.