Today everybody is working hard to win the race in his or her occupational world. With this race, there comes a lot of workload and work stress. Working under these conditions can be challenging to our body and mind and can lead to serious health hazards. In recent studies, researchers have discovered the significant impact of stress in the development of type 2 diabetes. According to them, people who suffer from high work pressure have an up to 45 % higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who suffer less stress at work.
Stress can also lead to obesity, another risk factor for type 2 diabetes. In non-diabetics, stress interferes with glucose levels and tolerance but in diabetic people, it causes disaster. Other than diabetes, high levels of stress can cause cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches and severe fatigue, which are also not welcome. Stress issues at work can come home with you. Talk to your superior and ask them for options to alleviate or work through any issues you are having.
According to American Diabetes Association exercising, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, and doing breathing exercises can help you to cope with stress. Social support also helps in relieving your stress. A study demonstrated that how workers who reported a high level of social support at work had a 22 percent lesser risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Even employers need to take a proactive role in decreasing type 2 diabetes risk factors. Getting ill of an employee is costly to both employees and employers, resulting in absenteeism and triggering expensive medical insurance. Simply reducing the workload may not benefit every employee; you may need to make them feel valued and satisfied.
As stress-related disorders, especially diabetes are increasing at an alarming rate, preventive measures should begin at the earliest. Exercise, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and doing breathing exercises can help you to cope with stress. Meditating can help remove negative thoughts and allow your mind to relax. Talk to your employer. Most importantly, find happiness with your family and society.