Job Insecurity Linked to Diabetes

New analysis suggests people worried about losing their jobs are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes.

Blood Sugar Test at SS Diabetes care clinic / Photo: REUTERS/Beawiharta
Blood Sugar Test at SS Diabetes care clinic / Photo: REUTERS/Beawiharta

An October 4th Reuters article reported that people with job insecurity have a 19% higher rate of new cases of diabetes compared to those who felt secure at work. Researchers called this a “modest increased risk.” However, the study can’t prove job insecurity actually causes diabetes, which affects 1 in 10 adults according to the World Health Organization.

Past studies have already linked job insecurity to a higher body-mass index (BMI) and increased risk of heart attacks and deaths related to heart problems. Jane Ferrie, lead author of the study said, "In an ideal world, the sort of thing I’d like to see come out of this study is a reduction in job insecurity and an increase in secure job contracts and reasonable wages."

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