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April/May 2012 (vol. 08/6)

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Work stress not linked to diabetes risk

A systematic evidence review and meta-analysis (eight studies) does not support a direct association between work-related psychosocial stress and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, postulated as a factor for the growing prevalence of the disease. Measures included job strain, poor social support, long working hours and low decision latitude. One paper (Whitehall II study of UK civil servants) did identify a significant association between low social support with high job strain and increased diabetes risk in women, but not in men.

Occupational Medicine 2012; online first: doi:10.1093/occmed/kqs002.

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2012 (vol. 08/6) pp49