Work related stress and blood glucose levels

Ann Ig. 2017 Mar-Apr;29(2):123-133. doi: 10.7416/ai.2017.2139.


Aim: The aim of the study is to evaluate work-related subjective stress in a group of workers on a major Italian company in the field of healthcare through the administration of a valid "questionnaire-tool indicator" (HSE Indicator Tool), and to analyze any correlation between stress levels taken from questionnaire scores and blood glucose values.

Material and methods: We studied a final sample consisting of 241 subjects with different tasks. The HSE questionnaire - made up of 35 items (divided into 7 organizational dimensions) with 5 possible answers - has been distributed to all the subjects in occasion of the health surveillance examinations provided by law. The questionnaire was then analyzed using its specific software to process the results related to the 7 dimensions. These results were compared using the Pearson correlation and multiple linear regression with the blood glucose values obtained from each subject.

Results: From the analysis of the data the following areas resulted critical, in other words linked to an intermediate (yellow area) or high (red area) condition of stress: sustain from managers, sustain from colleagues, quality of relationships and professional changes. A significant positive correlation (p <0.05) between the mean values of all critical areas and the concentrations of glucose values have been highlighted with the correlation index of Pearson. Multiple linear regression confirmed these findings, showing that the critical dimensions resulting from the questionnaire were the significant variables that can increase the levels of blood glucose.

Conclusion: The preliminary results indicate that perceived work stress can be statistically associated with increased levels of blood glucose.

Keywords: Blood glucose; Questionnaire-indicating tool; Subjective stress; Work-related stress; Workers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Blood Glucose / analysis*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Stress / blood
  • Occupational Stress / diagnosis*
  • Risk Assessment


  • Biomarkers
  • Blood Glucose