Today it has been reported that people affected by work burn-out are more likely to suffer from diabetes (type 2). There is accumulating psychological evidence that much work stress arises from interacting with people rather than things. In fact, ‘emotional labour’ is more mentally taxing than the old fashion labour jobs that were more physically taxing. It has been shown that the more your job requires you to 'fake emotions', the more emotionally detached you become from those around you. Hiding or faking emotions, can lead to ‘clinical burnout’. Burnout can result in symptoms of emotional exhaustion, fatigue, detached attitude towards others, low sense of effectiveness, helplessness, low mood and now the increased risk of developing diabetes.
The Israeli study looked at 677 mostly male, middle-aged workers and found that those affected by burn-out were nearly twice as likely to develop the condition and after the possible effect of blood pressure levels was eliminated, the risk was more than four-fold higher. This is certainly something the medical profession should consider, not only for their patients, but also for themselves as it is thought that 25%-60% of practising physicians experience burnout.