Supportive colleagues may cut diabetes risk

13 May 2013

Friendly co-workers could reduce your risk of type two diabetes, a new study from Tel Aviv University shows.

The same research revealed that stressful jobs, unfriendly colleagues and tension in the office makes individuals more susceptible to developing the condition.

People with supportive colleagues are 22 per cent less likely to develop diabetes, while over and underworked individuals are 18 per cent likelier to be affected.

Lead researcher, Dr Sharon Toker, said extended workdays and after-hours calls increase chances of the getting the condition. In the same way, underworked, dissatisfied employees are also at a heightened risk for type two diabetes. Stressful situations and unsupportive colleagues have a negative effect on all employees, even those that are otherwise healthy and active. To reduce risk of diabetes, Dr Toker recommends employers find the right workload balance and take the initiative to support workers through communication, praise and constructive criticism.

If you’re worried about developing the condition, consider a one-off diabetes test to evaluate your risk.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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