A new study in Israel indicates that patients who burn out at their jobs may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes .
The novel research aimed to uncover a link between job stress and diabetes, and although they proved no definitive link between the two, researchers did find some significant factors. The lead author Samuel Melamed, who is an associate professor at the Tel Aviv University, said that risks were of “a magnitude similar to other risk factors, such as high body mass index, smoking and lack of physical exercise .”
The study team investigated data from almost 700 workers in Israel, and published their results in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Melamed pointed out that job burnout could just be a part of the picture . He said: “It is possible that these people are prone to diabetes because they can’t handle stress very well. Their coping resources may have been depleted not only due to job stress but also life stresses, such as stressful life events and daily hassles.”
This link has been identified before – some people react badly to stress, leaving the ability of their bodies to process glucose badly affected. One expert praised that study but said that it must be scaled-up to produce conclusive results .

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