It has long been established that working more than thirty-nine hours every week is not good for anyone. To make things worse, women who work these hours are most likely to suffer when it comes to their overall health. Women who work more than forty-five hours in a week raise their risk of developing diabetes by 63%. This is higher than the risk of women who work 35 to 40 hours a week.
A new study published in the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care Journal shows that a group of researchers tracked 7,065 workers in Canada. All of them did not have diabetes. Of the sample group, 3,563 were men and 3,502 were women. They found out that there was no correlation at all between long work hours and diabetes risk for the men. For the women, on the other hand, the diabetes risk was raised significantly.
Stress seems to be working for men because in a study performed at the Ohio State University in 2016, men who work 40 to 50 hours weekly have a lower risk of depression, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease. On the other hand, women’s health deteriorates when they experience an increase in stress. Experts at Diabetes.co.uk say that stress truly affects blood sugar. When stress kicks in, our bodies go on defensive mode and release cortisol, which is a type of hormone. Once the cortisol levels in our blood increase, the glucose in our blood goes up as well. This could then lead to Cushing’s Syndrome—one of the unexposed causes of diabetes.
Unlike men, women spend more unpaid hours on chores and errands, not to mention dealing with conflicts and mandatory favors for relatives. Then, they would leave the house for work, having all the other worries on their shoulders. As a result, they have no time to exercise and eat nutritious food anymore. It is no surprise at all that women working long hours have very little time to monitor their personal health.
Here are some tips for women who have been working very long hours:
• If possible, try to cut back on your work hours.
• Dedicate more time to exercising and eating right.
• Ask for a raise.
• Get more hours of sleep.
• Delegate some of the chores and errands.
• If you can, outsource.
Women carry a lot more on their plate as they balance family, work, and their personal lives. As a woman, all aspects of your health matters. Pay more attention to your health because diabetes is not a simple matter. Talk to your doctor, family, and employer. Try to discuss your health with them. There is nothing better than having the people in your life caring for your well-being and overall health.


  1. I worry about my lifestyle because I do work beyond eight hours a day every day. What simple lifestyle or diet changes could I make with my busy schedule? Thank you!

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