November is Diabetes Awareness Month in hopes of raising awareness about the rise of diabetes and the risks associated with it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes cost the United States $ 327 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity.
In addition, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has ranked diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death for states.
There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 can not be prevented, but type 2 can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle. Obesity, sedentary lifestyle and age increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Employers should consider some programs to monitor employee health regarding diabetes:
- Make sure your health risk assessment covers a blood glucose section to identify those who have already been diagnosed and establish a baseline.
- Implementation of effective nutrition and physical activity programs should be included in well-being experiences.
- If you cover diabetes research, coaching and management, employees can get the access they need and prevent high costs along the way
- Those with diabetes are more likely to get the flu or pneumonia, so make sure vaccinations are available and training is at the forefront.
Overall, taking a step toward encouraging employees to be screened regularly, educating and encouraging a healthy lifestyle can help lower health costs and show employees that you care about their well-being.
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