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Up against the clock – the truth about night shift work

Shiftwork is an occupational health risk of growing significance because it is becoming more common and because of its potential influence on health outcomes, possibly increasing health differences between workers of higher vs lower socioeconomic status. The association was found to be stronger in men (37%) and for those working rotating shifts – such as two weeks on nights, two weeks on days (42%). The new research included more than 28,000 black women in the United States who were diabetes-free in 2005. The list runs from a heightened risk of obesity and diabetes through to a greater likelihood of cardiovascular disease and even breast cancer. The researchers determined the incidence of new type 2 diabetes, using Cox proportional hazard models adjusted for known diabetic risk factors. Moving walls are generally represented in years. The blood sugar can be as much as is contained in two cans of regular soda.

Added to that, most night shift workers have difficulty sleeping proper amounts during the day, especially if their shifts are at inconsistent hours. The association between shift work and diabetes has been suggested before [6]–[8], but this study, with 18–20 years of follow up, is the best evidence yet for this link, with an increasing risk of type 2 diabetes in the first and second cohorts of the NHS as duration of shift work increased. Diagnosis and management of metabolic syndrome: an American Heart Association / National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Scientific Statement. But now it’s in the hands of a privatised firm determined to squeeze every last drop from workers. E. Sleep deprivation disturbs your appetite, which leads to increased feelings of hunger and weight gain. “I’ve had my grandson living with me and I should be playing with him, but when I’m so tired I’m grumpy with him,” she said.

“It’s very difficult to plan because it’s often very last minute,” she said. “You can’t do anything on a regular basis because you can’t guarantee that regular day off every week. He added that it isn’t only drivers’ safety being put at risk but everyone they come into contact with. “These things are like massive weapons,” he said, referring to the trucks. A pro-inflammatory diet is high in fats, carbohydrates and sweets. Then carry on with the demands of your day. Working nights is strongly associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women and, to a lesser extent, prostate cancer in men.

It concluded that a changing shift pattern can throw a person’s body “into chaos”. Rotating shifts can increase the risk further. Working more than 11 hours a day increases the risk of heart disease by a staggering 67 percent according to a study from University College London. Shift work is linked to a 5 percent rise in the risk of stroke according to the British Medical Journal A large international study found that shift work is associated with a 9 percent increased risk of contracting type 2 diabetes Shift workers are more likely to be injured at work than people who don’t work shifts. The Institute for Work and Health found that up to 7 percent of workplace injuries can be attributed to shift work alone. Working nights contributes to peptic ulcers and disruption to sleep patterns can even change the way our genes behave. For most people, sunlight in the morning is key.

They also say, “the current findings highlight the importance of maintaining a medical surveillance of shift workers, especially of those who have remained in shift work for 10 years or more”. One study found that people who work nights have significantly lower levels of serotonin, which shapes mood, than those who work in the day.

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