A new study, published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, determined that job-related stress may contribute to the onset of type II diabetes mellitus. The German researchers concluded that when workers lose their sense of purpose in a pressurized and controlled work environment, workers had a 45 percent higher risk of developing type II diabetes than those who are subjected to less stress at their workplace.
In relation to black American workers, studies have confirmed that the stress of racism ages cells in black people, raising their risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes. According to a recent study that appeared in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine, “social toxins,” such as, but not limited to, “stop-and-frisk” policies, disrespect at work, and other forms of harassment have major impacts on black folks’ health.
In short, work-related stress is a health hazard, and if racism is added to the mix, years are taken off one’s life.