Can Work-related Stress lead to type 2 diabetes

Work-related stress is something I deal with on a daily basis. I hate to admit it, but for a long time I used to be a perfectionist when it came to my work. Ok fine, I can also admit which I probably still am somewhat of a perfectionist even today. I will probably have to find a way to reduce my need for perfection at work even more. A new study finds that people who experience frequent work-related stress are at a much higher risk for type 2 diabetes. The study was published online in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. The researchers revealed that individuals who are under a lot of pressure at work and think they have little control over their work life have a 45 percent higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes than those who have less stress at work.
I cannot speak for anyone, but stress is always a double-edged sword. Stress is something that drives me to be the best that I can be, but always forcing myself to work hard takes a toll on my body. Work-related stress that I deal with can occur in many varieties. Examples of work-related stress at work for me would be: My laptop isn’t working the way it should be, the printer is offline, salespeople keep calling me at work, the landlord won’t take care of the weeds at our office, a patient of mine is choosing to ignore my medical advice, there is just too much of a workload, etc. These are, of course, all small issues, but put all those stressors together, and they begin to create a rotten day.
I think the most important thing I have done to lower the stressors at work is separating myself from my work. How much-work-related success I have or do not have does not define me. I also have decided not to let the small stressors at work get to me. When the computer stops working or, things are not going my way I take a step back and take a deep breath. I try just to let it go at least for that particular moment. I am not going to be able to control whether a patient is going to heed my medical advice or not, and that’s ok. Another thing that works for me is that I force myself to believe that things can only get better, and they almost always do get better.
If you are struggling with stress or worried about how to deal with pre-diabetes or diabetes, please don’t hesitate to call my office for an appointment.
Dr. Shah, MD