Working the "diabetes" shift

Approximately 15 million of us are doing it. And now scientists say working the night shift could be putting you at risk for diabetes.

We've long suspected a link between shift work and a laundry list of illnesses including depression, heart disease, and diabetes. And for good reason, messing with your circadian rhythms is nothing to take lightly.

But the new study, published in an online supplement of the journal Sleep, has confirmed a direct connection between whacky blood sugar and working at night, increasing your risk for diabetes. And we’re not talking small differences here either... in fact, the numbers are quite shocking.

Most shocking of all was how quickly glucose intolerance shows up. After just one night shift peak blood glucose levels were 16 percent higher, according to researchers.

Not only that, when compared to the day shift group the night shift workers had insulin levels that ran 40 to 50 percent higher after meals. And of course, chronic glucose intolerance can lead to full-blown type 2 diabetes.

I realize you may be stuck working the night shift with little choice in the matter, but if you're ever given the choice, grab the day shift instead. And if you can't get out of burning the midnight oil, be a stickler about getting the sleep you need after your shift. Blackout shades and kicking the TV out of the bedroom can help with that.

To further lower your risk for diabetes, skip the diet sodas (Shocked? Read why here), snack on walnuts, and take a probiotic. And don't forget, chromium, biotin, cinnamon, vitamin D3, magnesium, Gymnema sylvestre, and berberine are all great natural choices for supporting healthy blood sugars.