Strange as it may seem, fear of unemployment probably causes the chances of contracting diabetes to increase by several degrees.
Blood glucose levels are 19% higher for those meek employees who are ever fearful lest they lose their jobs. These workers who remain apprehensive about getting the pink slip have a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
The scientists took data from 141,000 workers in the United States, Europe and Australia. Their average age was 42. They found that the blood glucose rate was 19% higher for the cowardly and anxious workers who always thought the Sword of Damocles hung above them regarding job loss.
As compared to these people with job insecurity those who were secure in their positions and showed greater job satisfaction didn’t show such symptoms. Yet, this does not mean that the cause and effect relationship is as simple as it seems.
There is more here then meets the eye. The study’s findings were published in a journal. The problem with a constantly tense frame of mind on the job is that weight gain is the ultimate result (probably due to the high stress levels). This of course leads to diabetes too.
Also besides weight gain and diabetes, people who had job insecurity tended to suffer from heart attacks. This in turn was also a complication of diabetes, according to Reuters.
These findings have a relevance to public policy as regards careers and the workplace. To provide a safe and secure job environment free of harassment whether it is from the boss, one’s seniors or colleagues is what is needed.
Doctors too need to warn a patient beforehand regarding his or her job insecurity. That it might be badly affecting his or her health is for obvious reasons cause for concern.
Although the difference between a securely employed person and one who is always anxious lest he or she loses his or her job is modest, nevertheless its presence is a sign that not all is well in the internal universe of the individual.
One in ten people have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common one by far. The study delved deeply into the issue. It showed that psychosomatic symptoms were common in the sense that what you feel can harm or heal you.
Such trends as overeating, smoking or drinking to excess were the usual coping methods employed to offset insecurity regarding one’s job.