Women who work night shifts are susceptible to diabetes

yourhealth 2020-8-3 12:30:23 disease view View comments

A new study by Harvard University in the United States shows that night shifts are not good for women's health, while night shifts and day shifts are more harmful to their health and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at Harvard University spent 24 years studying the health information of 140,000 female nurses. At the beginning of the study, all participants were in good health. During the follow-up period, more than 10,000 people were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Specifically, for every five more years of shift work, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases by 31%. If I still have unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, obesity, eating junk food, and lack of exercise, then every "bad habit" will double his risk of illness. In the study, day and night shifts were defined as at least three night shifts in a month.


Researchers pointed out that a person's work schedule will affect the body's "resilience", especially the ability to control blood sugar levels. Most type 2 diabetes can actually be avoided by strengthening exercise and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits. The reason why women who work night shifts are more likely to develop diabetes is because the circadian clock disorder caused by irregular sleep affects hormone secretion and the balance of intestinal flora.

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