Skip to comments.Shift workers 'risking' Type 2 diabetes and obesity
Posted on 04/14/2012 7:41:00 PM PDT by neverdem
Shift workers getting too little sleep at the wrong time of day may be increasing their risk of diabetes and obesity, according to researchers.
The team is calling for more measures to reduce the impact of shift working following the results of its study.
Researchers controlled the lives of 21 people, including meal and bedtimes.
The results, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed changes to normal sleep meant the body struggled to control sugar levels.
Some participants even developed early symptoms of diabetes within weeks.
Shift work has been associated with a host of health problems.
Doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in the US, were trying to study its effects in a controlled environment.Lower insulin levels
The 21 health-trial participants started with 10 hours' sleep at night. This was followed by three weeks of disruption to their sleep and body clocks.
End Quote Dr Orfeu Buxton Brigham and Women's Hospital
The evidence is clear that getting enough sleep is important for health, and that sleep should be at night for best effect”
The length of the day was extended to 28 hours, creating an effect similar to a full-time flyer constantly getting jet lag.
Participants were allowed only 6.5 hours' sleep in the new 28-hour day, equivalent to 5.6 hours in a normal day. They also lived in dim light to prevent normal light resetting the body clock...
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Shift work will kill you.
Looking for more research grant money.
I loved second shift. The job and alcohol were my whole life but I liked living while everyone else was sleeping. All my friends were 2nd shift people too. It wasn’t unusual for me to have visitors at 4 AM.
” Looking for more research grant money. “
Yeah - enough to run their labs, three shifts, around the clock...
Let’s all stop shift work and just bum around with EBT cards.
That’s a straight shift. Try working a rotating shift (all three shifts) and see if your bowels know whether to push or pull.
WORD! I loved rotating shifts from a lifestyle perspective. But I suspect that it was hard on my health.
They have the internet in the asylums now? Cool!
Not too mention that you’re free to do things during the daily freely, while most others face lineups.
Not too mention that youre free to do things during the daily freely, while most others face lineups.
That’s why I always chose 2nd shift. I’d do my real work while I was rested and then go to work to rest up. Actually, I had a job that I could usually do in 2-3 hours with the rest of the night to read a book while on call.
Don't forget the effect of night lighting on breast cancer.
You get old enough and your blood sugar goes up. Used to be you didn’t get old you died of something in your 50s.
Hint: I went off bed time statins and my average fasting glucose level dropped 20 points.
Yeah I used to do all my shopping in the middle of the night. The night shift at Meijer’s knew me by name and gave me a heads up on sales and things that hadn’t made it to the shelves yet. I was the first person in my county to have Gran Turismo for playstation.
If people in the medical world really believed this they wouldn’t have all constant shift changes common to most hospitals. It is easy to adjust to most shifts than change all the time.
If people in the medical world really believed this they wouldnt have all constant shift changes common to most hospitals. It is easy to adjust to most shifts than change all the time.
She has been doing it for 18 years and hasn't had any health problems because of it.
She's 74 and weighs 115# without any diabetes problems.
I never had any trouble with my Glucose levels until I started working 2300-0900 shift four days a week. Before the night shift my levels were at 100-101 at all times. After a year and a half of the night shift I had developed Type 2. Now I go through the daily shot routine and my levels can go as high as 250.
Thanks for the link!