Tel Aviv: Scientists in Israel have linked development of diabetes to stress at the workplace, made worse by low social support.
Cases of type 2 diabetes continue to rise in the US. And while the development of the disease is more commonly associated with risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity, research has shown that stress can also have a significant impact.
Now, Sharon Toker of Tel Aviv University`s Faculty of Management has found that low levels of social support and high levels of stress in the workplace can accurately predict the development of diabetes over the long term -- even in employees who appear to be healthy otherwise.
Published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, the study contributes to an ongoing body of research linking work conditions to physical and mental health, reports Science Daily.
Toker says these findings paint a grim picture, with a worrying rise in the rate of diabetes in the researchers` middle-aged study cohort, which had a mean age of 48.
"You don`t want to see working populations have an increasing rate of diabetes. It`s costly to both employees and employers, resulting in absenteeism and triggering expensive medical insurance," she explained.