Health tips for April 2015

Checking your email less frequently can ease stress. And workers in high-stress positions are at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.


Ease up on email

Checking your inbox less frequently reduces stress, University of British Columbia researchers find. In a study of 124 adults, including students, financial analysts and medical professionals, those limited to checking email thrice daily for a week felt less stress than those allowed to check as often as they could. “People find it difficult to resist the temptation of checking email, yet resisting this temptation reduces their stress,” says Kostadin Kushlev, the study’s lead author.

Job strain linked to diabetes

Workers in high-stress positions with little job control or decision-making responsibilities are at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, even if they have no other risk factors, according to a German study. More than 5,000 men and women, none of whom originally had diabetes, participated in the 12-year study. Those who had heavy job demands combined with low control over their work were at a 45% higher risk of developing diabetes by the end of the study than those with low job strain, even once traditional risk factors such as age, gender, family history and weight were accounted for.