A healthy lifestyle — reducing T2DM risk in shift workers?

A recent study shows that a history of rotating night-shift work and an unhealthy lifestyle are associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), both independently and synergistically. This is the first large-scale, prospective study to quantify how a healthy lifestyle might partially offset T2DM risk in shift workers.

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Fig. 1: Relationships between shift work, unhealthy lifestyle factors and T2DM.


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C.V. is a Nurses’ Health Studies investigator. F.A.J.L.S. has received speaker fees from Bayer HealthCare, Kellogg Company, Pfizer, Philips, Sentara Healthcare and Vanda Pharmaceuticals. F.A.J.L.S. and C.V. were supported in part by NIH grant R01DK105072; F.A.J.L.S. was also in part supported by NIH grants R01HL118601, R01DK099512, R01DK102696 and R01HL140574.

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Vetter, C., Scheer, F.A.J.L. A healthy lifestyle — reducing T2DM risk in shift workers?. Nat Rev Endocrinol 15, 194–196 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41574-019-0164-z

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