Shift Workers At Higher Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

Shift Workers At Higher Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

An editorial published in the journal PLoS Medicine has pointed out that workers working at different shifts can be at the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes. According to the author of the editorial, shift work brings in unhealthy eating habit and also leads to disturbed sleeping.

The editorial is based upon the findings of a previous study in which about 69,269 women were examined for a period of 18 to 20 years. In the study, the researchers noted that night shifts affects the sleep of a person and thus leads to increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

In the editorial, the author wrote, “…shift work has the potential to accelerate the progression of the global epidemic of obesity and diabetes. Obviously, diet is only one component in the pathway to diabetes, but, unlike the metabolic consequences of a deranged circadian rhythm it is potentially amenable to easy intervention”.

Adults and kids are all aware of benefits of eating healthy. But, incorporating the habit of healthy eating is not easy for all. The author of the editorial has recommended that employers should make sure that shift workers get to eat healthy food so that they health is maintained.

According to the author, unhealthy eating could be occupational hazard. It has been highlighted that about 15% to 20% of the working population of the US and Europe are required to work at night. Working at night not only disturbs one’s sleeping pattern but also leads to unhealthy life style.

These days, the whole world is working 24 hours a day. It means that the health of workers, working in the night shifts, is being ignored worldwide. It is important to take necessary steps before the obesity and type 2 diabetes become epidemic.

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