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Can Working Odd Hours Affect Your Health - HER Week In Health

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Are you a woman with an odd work schedule? Something other than an 8 to 5? In this week’s edition, we’ll tell you why you may want to reconsider your evening shift.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is EmpowHER’s HER Week in Health.

Are you a woman with an odd work schedule? Something other than an 8 to 5? In this week’s edition, we’ll tell you why you may want to reconsider your evening shift. We’ll also learn what parents should expect after their child has a traumatic brain injury and eating fish at least once a week may significantly help protect your heart health. Have a look.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who work rotating night shifts are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who work regular 8 to 5s.

Researchers examined nearly 200,000 women ages 25 to 67 for 20 years and found that the longer women work rotating night shifts, the greater their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

And while this increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes cannot solely be attributed to these irregular work hours, researchers say working rotating shifts disrupts the body’s natural time clock which in turn can cause higher levels of glucose and insulin resistance. And when women’s eating and sleeping behaviors are unbalanced, women may take up smoking.

In an article published in Pediatrics, researchers found girls are more apt than boys to experience headaches in the months following head trauma.

It was also found that the risk of having these headaches was greater after a mild traumatic brain injury than after a moderate or severe one.

Researchers say the prevalence of headache following mild traumatic brain injury follows a pattern seen in migraines, and while it remains to be seen whether migraine therapies will work for post-traumatic headaches, researchers say parents should be aware of what to expect if a child experiences mild traumatic brain injury.

Children, especially young females, are most vulnerable to headaches and they may reoccur for several weeks or months, but most recover with time.

Researchers at the Center for Fetal Programming in Copenhagen found that women of childbearing age who eat fish once a week have a significantly lower risk of developing heart disease.

Women who never ate fish had 50 percent more cardiovascular problems than women who ate fish often, and a 90 percent higher risk than women who ate fish weekly.

The team collected data on 49,000 pregnant women between 1996 and 2008 in the first study of this size that focuses exclusively on women of childbearing age.

The fish the women reported eating most often included cod, salmon and herring.
Researchers say this study substantiates the cardioprotective effect of fish intake and underlines the importance of promoting fish intake for women by dietary recommendations.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday for the latest in women’s health.

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