Job Burnout May Make People More Prone to Developing Diabetes

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Job Stress, Burnout and Diabetes

An Israeli study suggests that people who suffer from job burnout may be prone to developing a form of diabetes.

The research, apparently the first of its kind, 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," said study lead author Samuel Melamed, an associate professor at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

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Melamed and colleagues 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.

The study findings appear in the November/December issue of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

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.

The researchers looked at a smaller sample

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