Rotating Night Shift Work and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Two Prospective Cohort Studies in Women

Source: An Pan, Eva S. Schernhammer, Qi Sun, Frank B. Hu, PLoS Medicine, Vol. 8 no. 12, December 2011

From the abstract:
Rotating night shift work disrupts circadian rhythms and has been associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, and glucose dysregulation. However, its association with type 2 diabetes remains unclear. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate this association in two cohorts of US women….Our results suggest that an extended period of rotating night shift work is associated with a modestly increased risk of type 2 diabetes in women, which appears to be partly mediated through body weight. Proper screening and intervention strategies in rotating night shift workers are needed for prevention of diabetes.
Shift Work as a Risk Factor for Future Type 2 Diabetes: Evidence, Mechanisms, Implications, and Future Research Directions
Source: Mika Kivimäki, G. David Batty, Christer Hublin, PLoS Medicine, Vol. 8 no. 12, December 2011
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Source: PLoS Medicine Editors, PLoS Medicine, Vol. 8 no. 12, December 2011

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