Job insecurity? You just may need diabetic medical supplies

Sometimes an employee’s only motivation to work just hard enough not to get fired is the fear of losing their job, but that fear may be responsible for a 19% increased risk of being diagnosed with diabetes – and thus require medical supplies such as glucose meters and tests strips –, according to a new study. The researchers couldn’t find a cause-and-effect relationship between job insecurity and diabetes, but lead author Jane Ferrie, of the University of Bristol and University College London in the U.K., said that the findings could be a sort of missing link. Job insecurity has been previously associated with a higher body mass index (BMI), which in turn is a risk factor for diabetes. Work-related stress can result in overeating and other unhealthy practices, and stress hormones can directly cause weight gain.

Ferrie and her colleagues gathered data from 19 studies involving a total of 140,825 adults in the U.S., Australia, and Europe who were employed and diabetes-free when they participated in those studies. The percentage of subjects who said they feared losing their jobs in the near future ranged from 6 to 40 depending on the study. The yearly rate of new diabetes cases in the studies varied from about 9 for every 10,000 participants to about 85 for every 10,000 in the 10-year follow-up period. Even accounting for age, sex, and other factors, there was still a 12% increased risk of developing diabetes. “In an ideal world, the sort of thing I’d like to see come out of this study is a reduction in job insecurity and an increase in secure job contracts and reasonable wages,” Ferrie said. Well, isn’t she a regular Dolores Huerta?

The study focused on a diverse group of people, so it’s “not going to tell any individual about their risk,” Ferrie told Reuters. Nonetheless, people who are already at high risk for diabetes and face job insecurity should take heed. “This is a phenomenon I’ve seen as a provider and in the literature,” nurse practitioner with Montefiore Health System in New York City Edwin Torres, who was not involved in the study, said. “If you lose your job or have job insecurity, make sure you're exercising.” Which you can do with these fitness supplies available at Discount Medical Supplies. 

Or you could just, you know, take it a little easier at work, like me. For example, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, and after that I sorta space out for an hour.  I just stare at my desk, but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch too. If that doesn’t work, then try this; always look annoyed. When you look annoyed all the time, people think that you’re busy. And failing all of that, there’s always cheap medical stuff online, including diabetic supplies.

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