Workplace Wellness Participation

More on Diabetes: How Early Detection May Help Reduce Risk

As we continue to raise awareness about American Diabetes Month — and the important role a well-run workplace wellness program can play in helping identify and manage diabetes and prediabetes — we wanted to review not only some of the symptoms, but also some of the ways in which workplace wellness can help.

According to the American Diabetes Association, “the following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed:”

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

The ADA adds: “Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.”

Importantly, a well-run workplace wellness program can help individuals identify and even manage symptoms.

We previously reported that according to MedPage Today: “Among a majority of patients with type 2 diabetes, intensive weight loss intervention reduced the risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes, a post hoc analysis of the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial found.”

The study, published in The Lancet, is titled “Targeting weight loss interventions to reduce cardiovascular complications of type 2 diabetes.”

The results were significant for many of the efforts that are part of a well-run workplace wellness program.

Write the researchers: “Look AHEAD participants with moderately or poorly controlled diabetes (HbA1c6·8% or higher) and subjects with well controlled diabetes (HbA1c less than 6·8%) and good self-reported health (85% of the overall study population) averted cardiovascular events from a behavioural intervention aimed at weight loss. However, 15% of participants with well controlled diabetes and poor self-reported general health experienced negative effects that rendered the overall study outcome neutral. HbA1cand a short questionnaire on general health might identify people with type 2 diabetes likely to derive benefit from an intensive lifestyle intervention aimed at weight loss.”