A new study has identified a link between 'job burnout' and the development of type 2 diabetes.
While the Israeli research did not definitively confirm a link between workplace stress and diabetes, it did suggest that job burnout could boost the risk of developing the illness by around the same amount as factors such as smoking, being overweight and lack of exercise, the study's authors said.
Scientists from Tel Aviv University looked at 677 Israeli workers, 77 per cent of whom were men, with an average age of 43 years.
It was found that people who experienced job burnout, characterised by symptoms such as physical and emotional fatigue, were1.84 times more likely to develop the disease, even after taking into account factors such as age, sex and weight.
"It is possible that these people are prone to diabetes because they can't handle stress very well," said study lead author Samuel Melamed, an associate professor at the university.
"Their coping resources may have been depleted not only due to job stress but also life stresses, such as stressful life events and daily hassles."