Ladies, are you spending too much time at work? You might be at a greater risk of suffering from health issues. According to research published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, women who work for more extended hours are more prone to diseases like diabetes. Women you might want to cut down on your work hours or ask for a raise.
According to the research out of 7,065 Canadians who were tracked over 12 years, it was found that women who worked regularly 45 hours or more a week had higher chances of becoming diabetic, about 63% more at risk than those who worked between 35 and 40 hours. On the other hand, Men who worked more extended hours did not face an increased risk of diabetes.
While the reason behind this is still unclear, experts believe that if we count the unpaid work that women do like the household chores after coming back from work, women actually end up doing more work than men add more stress to their lives. Moreover, the gender pay gap between men and women also plays an important role. Less pay impacts their health and increases the stress level compared to the men.
Various studies previously have proven that working long hours can impact your health adversely. People who do desk jobs for longer durations are more prone to heart diseases, diabetes and even mental health issues. According to a study, Health and safety problems associated with long working hours: a review of the current position, "Numerous problems associated with stress may also be associated with long hours. These include gastrointestinal disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, problems associated with depression of the immune system, and psychosomatic complaints likely to reduce efficiency and increase short-term absenteeism. Also, the results of one study which investigated the relationship between several work factors and fetal death76 indicated an increased rate of abortion in women working 46 or more hours a week."
Long working hours also impacts the sleep. A research on Long working hours, occupational health and the changing nature of work organization concludes that 'Working long hours appears to be a risk factor for the development of shortened sleeping hours and difficulty falling asleep.'