Long hours at so-called blue-collar jobs could up your risk for developing diabetes.  

According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 30 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. The risks associated with developing the disease include factors such as obesity and physical activity. And possibly your type of employment.

This is according to a new study from researchers at The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology who looked at the results of studies from a total of 22,000 participants in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia. Researchers studied the link between diabetes risk and type of work, as well as average work week.

Initially, researchers could not find a link between diabetes risk and those who worked 55 or more hours a week and those who worked between 35 and 40 hours. But when they also considered the participant's employment, they found that those who worked 55 or more hours a week at blue-collar jobs had a 30 percent greater risk of developing diabetes than those who worked fewer hours or those who worked longer hours in a different line of work.

So what does blue-collar work have to do with diabetes? Researchers speculate that long hours at a lower-paid job might make it more difficult for employees to follow healthy lifestyle habits such as eating well and getting enough exercise.

Bottom line: If you work long hours at a blue-collar job, you need to make an extra effort to stay healthy and lower your risk for diabetes.

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