Says Edwin Torres,
“If you lose your job or have job insecurity, make sure you’re exercising.”
Who is Torres and why does this matter? He is a nurse practitioner completing his PhD on diabetes at Binghamton University in New York, and he is expressing his support for a new health study, to Reuters.com.
Most of us know that getting enough exercise is an integral part of staying healthy, but how about this: people who experience more job insecurity almost 20% more likely to develop diabetes.
The study for this comes out of the University of Bristol and University College London in the U.K.
While researchers are aware that their work doesn’t prove being unemployed or in an unstable job position causes diabetes, lead author Jane Ferrie wishes that the study would encourage more work security and an increase in secure job contracts.
Job insecurity has been linked in the past to other adverse health effects such as having a higher body mass index (BMI) and an increased risk of having a heart attack, but this is the first study to connect it with the body’s ability to process sugar.
Researchers say they aren’t sure exactly what causes the increase when looking at unstable employment but that when over eating and other unhealthy behaviors become emotional crutches in stressful times, negative results can occur.
The release of stress hormones in the body can also cause an increase in weight gain, which could lead to the onset of diabetes.
Feeling stressed and unsure what next month may bring? Look at tips from others and remember to take some time for your health.