Job Burnout May Increase Diabetes Risk
Lead author Samuel Melamed of Tel Aviv University looked at the experiences of 677 Israeli workers who were followed from 1998 to 2003. Nearly 77 percent of the workers were men, and their average age was about 43 years.
Of the workers, 17 developed type 2 diabetes during the study period. The researchers found that people who experienced job burnout were 1.84 times more likely to become diabetic, even when factors like age, sex and obesity were taken into account, according to the study published in a recent issue of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.The researchers looked at a smaller sample -- 507 workers -- and tried to statistically eliminate the possible effect of blood-pressure levels. The result: The burned-out workers were then 4.32 times more likely to get type 2 diabetes, says Melamed.
The study doesn't definitively confirm a link between workplace stress and diabetes, but it does suggest that burnout could boost the risk of illness by a magnitude similar to other risk factors, such as high body mass index, smoking, and lack of physical exercise, according to Melamed.