A recent study of diabetes and job stress showed that women who were micromanaged were at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than their male counterparts. However, job stress is not the only thing that increases professional women’s risk of diabetes.
Peter Smith, lead author of the nine-year study by researchers at the Institute for Work and Health and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, said that women and men react differently to workplace stress. His suggestion for the findings? Women turned to fatty and sugary comfort foods to combat that stress.
While this is a bit of a logical leap from the study, diet and exercise have a huge effect on whether patients develop Type 2 diabetes or not. In fact, one study showed that even how food is cooked can effect diabetes risk factors. “Dry” cooking methods, including frying and roasting, increase the formation of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs), compounds that are produced when foods are prepared using high dry heat. These compounds are also found in processed foods, such as sweets and fatty snacks.
The nutritional content of food is more highly correlated with diabetes risk than other factors, including smoking, drinking, and lack of exercise.
However, another study published last month suggests that the chemical content of makeup can also increase risk of diabetes. Many kinds of makeup contain chemicals in a group called phthalates, which can almost double the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. The most common phthalate were mono-butyl phthalate, found in some types of nail polish, and mono-benzyl phthalate, found in other types of cosmetics.
The studies indicate that working women are subjected to several environmental factors that can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This is worrisome, as Type 2 diabetes is not always easy to control, and drugs commonly used to control blood sugar levels such as Actos and Avandia have proven to have dangerous side effects. In fact, Actos has been so strongly linked to bladder cancer that thousands of people have filed personal injury lawsuits against the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and last year France and Germany both banned the drug from their markets.
If you or a loved one develop Type 2 diabetes, it is important to consult with your doctor for the best methods to control the disease, including diet and exercise. Actos has been linked to a strongly increased risk of bladder cancer, as well as diabetic macular edema, and both Actos and Avandia have been linked to liver failure and heart disease. If you have been taking Actos for your diabetes for two or more years, and have suffered dangerous side effects, the experienced lawyers at Strom Law, LLC can help. You may be entitled to compensation, and we offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case to see if you qualify for the national multidistrict litigation against Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Contact us today. 803.252.4800.