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Long hours in low-wage jobs linked to diabetes

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Working long hours in a low socioeconomic status job has been linked with an increased risk of diabetes, in a study published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

The research analysed data from over 200,000 people and found that those who worked more than 55 hours a week in low socioeconomic status professions were 30 per cent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than colleagues who worked the standard 30-40 hour week. The study took factors such as smoking and obesity into account. No link between working hours and increased risk of diabetes was found in those with high status jobs.

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: 'The study's authors confirm more research into this finding is needed. Having diabetes increases someone's risk of having a heart attack or stroke so reducing that risk is essential.'

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