Latest medical studies have shown some dreadful results regarding night shifts and Afro- American women. Their results have shocked people all over the world. Medical researchers imply that night shift can cause diabetes to appear in Afro- American women.
To begin with, day shifts are usually defined by working at unusual time of the day. For example, morning shift usually means waking up at 5 a.m. and beginning work at 6 a.m. The working hours are the same as any other employee’s, meaning 8 hours a day. Meanwhile, night shifts usually begin after 10 p.m. and ending at the early dawn of day. Firms which have a 24 hour program adopt this kind of schedule in order to constant provide their services.
It has been stated before that night shifts cause health problems, still people work during nighttime. Some employees are obliged by their contract while others enjoy the extra dollars earned while working at night. However, working night shifts is known to be a risky decision that can bring obesity, diabetes or cardiovascular damage.
Black Women’s Health Study conducted a few surveys based on the results of their recent research. Their findings were published in Diabetologia and they were not at all pleasant for any ears. The researchers affirmed that these unusual work rhythms may disturb the entire body starting from heart rate, blood pressure, to oscillating hormonal levels even to neurotransmission.
The worse news is yet to come, because Black Women’s Health Study explained that the risk of getting diabetes significantly is directly reported to the years worked during nighttime. In other words, the number of night hours is directly proportional with the risk of developing diabetes.
BWHS has the data to prove these awful facts. After observing more than 28,000 people for about 8 years, 37 percent of them developed diabetes during the mentioned period. This means that more than 1,700 people were diagnosed with diabetes. A significant percentage was consisted of people who have been working night shifts for more than ten years.
The study also compared women working night shifts with those who had never worked a single night hour in their lives. The risk of getting diabetes was 39 percent higher in women who work night shifts than 17 percent in those who do not work night shifts. The study was conducted on all human races with devastating results.
The final part of the study concluded that African- American women who have been working for a long time night shifts have the highest risk to develop diabetes.
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