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'Body of evidence' shift work detrimental to health

25 July 2014 Last updated at 10:33 BST

There is a growing body of evidence that doing shift work is detrimental to our health, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's Jane White has said.

Her comments come as findings in Occupational and Environmental Medicine show Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts.

London Business School's Lynda Gratton explained that technology and globalisation are increasingly affecting our rhythms of work.

She added that it is "absolutely obvious" businesses must consider implementing new ways of working for staff as we increasing live longer.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 25 July.