Shift Work Might Lead to Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity

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"Once you establish a routine, it's very easy and you'll be able to eat a satisfying meal and some snacks that are better for your health, and for probably less money," said Keith Ayoob, associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y.

While Ayoob acknowledged that workplaces should assist employees in staying healthy, he disagreed that government legislation should be involved in the workplace diet.

"At what point do you make a law about what people can eat and what they cannot," Ayoob said. " Focusing only on diet would be a huge mistake. ...Type 2 diabetes is often a function of lifestyle.

"The good news is that shift work does not doom you to an unhealthy lifestyle, but it does mean that there needs to be some level of self-motivation for it to happen. It would be a mistake to expect the responsibility to be solely on the employers."

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