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


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