Stress in the Workplace Could Increase Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

A German study published this month in the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine reports on a link between high levels of mental stress at work and an increased likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. These findings add to the growing body of research on the adverse health effects of significant workplace stress, and illustrate the intrinsic connection between physical and mental health.

The study included more than 5,000 employed individuals between the ages of 29 and 66 who were followed for an average of 13 years. Of that group, those who experienced more than normal levels of stress and felt they had little control over the work they performed faced nearly a 45 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

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