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24-05-2017

Research Links Unemployment to Type 2 Diabetes

A new study from the DynaHEALTH project explores the relationship between varying lengths of unemployment with the risk of type 2 diabetes in the general population. The results show that men with high exposure to unemployment had a higher risk for pre-diabetes and screen-detected type 2 diabetes than employed men. This was after an adjustment for education, smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity and body mass index.

The study published in Primary Care Diabetes, could help clinicians recognise unemployment as a risk factor for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. They could also consider screening for diabetes in middle-aged individuals. Knowledge of the risks may also help the unemployed individuals themselves.

Dr Nina Rautio, lead author, said

“Our study adds to existing evidence that unemployment is related to poor health with the outcome of type 2 diabetes, one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century, which can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle modifications”.

DynaHEALTH is a multi-disciplinary four-year research project, involving 14 partners from six European countries. Beta is the partner responsible for dissemination and exploitation of results. The project is focused on the challenge of healthy and active ageing through reducing the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

To find out more or to obtain the publication reference details please visit the DynaHEALTH website.