In a new study, researchers found women who do mentally tiring work, such as teaching, may have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
The research was conducted by researchers from the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at Inserm.
Previous studies have shown that type 2 diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects many people.
It is a big risk factor for heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke.
Many factors can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, including obesity, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, smoking and a family history of diabetes.
In the current study, the team examined the link between work-related stress and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in women.
They examined the effect of mentally tiring work on the health of 70,000 women during a 22-year period.
About 75% of the women were teachers and 24% reported that their work very mentally tiring at the beginning of the study.
The researchers found women were 21% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they found their jobs mentally tiring.
The effects were independent of the women’s health conditions such as blood pressure, obesity and smoking habits.
The findings suggest that mentally tiring work may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. It is possible that women doing mentally tiring work have too much stress.
The team suggests women should be more aware of the health risks of their job.
In addition, employers and policymakers should provide greater support for women in stressful work environments.
This could help prevent chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
The researchers hope their finding can help identify new approaches that could help improve the quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Future work needs to directly test what in the mentally tiring work increases the diabetes risk in women.
The leader of the study is Dr. Guy Fagherazzi from the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at Inserm.
The study is published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.
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