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Author response: letter on ‘shift work and diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis of observational studies’
  1. Zuxun Lu,
  2. Yong Gan
  1. School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Zuxun Lu, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, 430030 China; zuxunlu{at}yahoo.com

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We thank Dr Shiri for his valuable comments and analysis1 on our article2 and are pleased to have the opportunity to respond. Our meta-analysis made a timely and novel contribution to the literature about associations of shift work on diabetes risk. Although some limitations may exist in our study, they do not materially affect the internal validity of our result.

12 studies involving 226 652 participants and 14 595 patients with newly diagnosed diabetes were included in our meta-analysis, which combined the all published observational studies possibly including …

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