Shift work and diabetes--a systematic review

Chronobiol Int. 2014 Dec;31(10):1146-51. doi: 10.3109/07420528.2014.957308. Epub 2014 Oct 7.


Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease, which has an increasing trend all over the world. Type 2 diabetes constitutes 90% of all diabetes. It is associated with weight gain and insulin resistance. Research during recent years has suggested that shift work could be a risk factor of type 2 diabetes. Since shift work is becoming more common, it could contribute to the increasing trend of diabetes. In this systematic review, we have studied the potential association between shift work and type 2 diabetes. We have also reviewed studies on control of diabetes in relation to shift work.

Keywords: Circadian disruption; diabetes control; nightwork; shiftwork; work schedules.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Circadian Rhythm*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / etiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Health
  • Risk Factors
  • Work Schedule Tolerance / physiology*


  • Blood Glucose