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American Diabetes Month: The Role for Workplace Wellness

Today ends American Diabetes Month. Of course, just because the recognition month ends in no way means that the continual work to prevent and manage diabetes ends.

As we noted yesterday, Interactive Health found that

  • 30-39% of Americans are estimated to be living with prediabetes
  • An estimated 90% of those with prediabetes are not aware of their risk
  • Although more effective, only 25-35% of all those at risk of prediabetes are identified through our targeted A1c testing

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention outlines various keys to build a workplace wellness program that focuses on diabetes. Moreover, the CDC offers a wide range of important information about diabetes and the workplace in its Workplace Health Resource Center.

What else have we highlighted?

  • We outlined what prediabetes testing looks like in the workplace wellness, and Interactive Health’s  reasons to offer A1c testing to all: “Clients who chose to expand their program and add A1c testing to all employees through Smarter Testing saw an increase in identification of prediabetes risk 3-5 times greater than other testing methodologies.”
  • We highlighted the International Diabetes Federation’s very useful paper that outlines “Cost-effective solutions for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.”
  • We provided an infographic that outlines how to reshape the workforce to beat diabetes.
  • We noted that according Reuters: “The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, pushing the global cost of the disease to $850 billion a year.”
  • We reported on a study that offers guidance for the benefits of a well-run wellness program to help reduce sugar beverage consumption.
  • We ran another  this infographic that explains diabetes costs, risk factors, and prevention management.
  • We highlighted how early detection of diabetes may help reduce risk.
  • We began by explaining how diabetes management is a primary action area for well-run workplace wellness programs.

The work will continue, but we hope is clear why diabetes prevention and management — for personal health as well as helping reduce overall health costs — is such an important part of a well-run workplace wellness program.