Working the night shift raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes among African American women, a new study finds.

“Our findings from the Black Women’s Health Study contribute to the observational literature that consistently demonstrates a relationship between disruption of circadian rhythms and long-lasting adverse effects on metabolism, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus,” lead author Dr. Varsha G. Vimalananda (Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts) told Medscape Medical News.

She advised, “Clinicians should discuss the adverse metabolic consequences of shift work and sleep disruption and sleep loss in general with patients, [who] may have some choices…

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