Working Late Night May Raise The Risk Of Diabetes
The corporate world may have improved the standard of living for many families as the salary structures are high. But, hectic schedules, long working hour and late night shifts certainly impact the health of corporate employees.
Health experts at BeatO have always observed that call center and IT executives working the ‘grave yard’ shift complain of sudden weight gain, fluctuating menstruation cycles in women and chronic fatigue. All of this can be attributed to increasing insulin resistance due to stress, shift in circadian rhythm and long sedentary hours.
Study conducted at UK Biobank indicated that night shift work, especially if it is a rotational hour’s that includes mid-night shifts, is correlated with higher incidence of type 2 diabetes in these individuals working odd hours.
The objective of the study was to observe the effects of past and current night shift work and genetic type 2 diabetes vulnerability on type 2 diabetes odds. Comparing the daytime workers with all current night shifts the observations indicated that these workers possibilities of type 2 diabetes risk.
Researchers compared diabetes prevalence in 47,286 night-shift workers with that of 224,928 day workers. (Source: online journal Diabetes Care, Feb 12, 2018).
The observations made by researchers indicated that day time workers, who occasionally worked night shifts, were 15 percent more likely to have diabetes. Interestingly, individuals with rotational shifts with some night work were 18 percent more likely. Alarmingly, individuals with irregular shifts and frequent night shifts were 44 percent more likely to have Type 2 diabetes.
How To Stay Healthy, If You Have Late Night Shift?
BeatO health experts advice to consult a diet and diabetes educator in order to review your meal plans. A Healthy diet with more salads, antioxidants and protein will be suggested to ensure satiety and prevent unnecessary weight gain.
Exercise is recommended in the everyday routine to keep your muscle mass strong which is the only way to reduce insulin resistance.
Allowing yourself sufficient sunlight in the daytime is a must to correct Vitamin D and melanin production in the body.
Stress reliving technique like mind-ful breathing and meditation is very help full in relaxing the body as well as mind.
Rehydration is must be given importance by drinking good amount of water all day.
Weekend health leisure activities like swimming, cycling, aerobics, jogging, marathon running , playing outdoors in the sun and following a detox program will certainly help.
Maintain your weight, check your BMI, keep monitoring your blood sugar levels using a Glucometer, and keep yourself updated with preventive health routine checkup with your medical provider.
These are just few suggestions that cam improve your health quotient and help avoid complications arising due to late night shift hours that can lead to type 2 diabetes development, even in youth. For more information on how our team can be your guide in prevention of diabetes please feel free to connect with our customer support team who shall be glad to assist you further.
Content Support By Tina Khanna
Certified BeatO Diabetes Educator