Diabetes is on the rise in epidemic proportions. (National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011)
* Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes.
* Adults with diabetes die of heart disease 2 to 4 times more than people without diabetes.
* The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lowerlimb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
* Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
* Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
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6 billion) and reduced productivity while at work ($20.0 billion for the employed population, reduced productivity for those not in the labor force ($0.8 billion), unemployment from disease- related disability ($7.9 billion) and lost productive capacity due to early mortality ($26.9 billion).
* Diabetes accounts for 15 million work days absent, 120 million work days with reduced performance, 107 million work days lost due to unemployment disability attributed to diabetes.
* People with diabetes have health a related absenteeism rate that is 0.8% higher than people without diabetes.
Corporate America can help employees manage their diabetes or reduce their risks of developing it.
* With employees spending more than one-third of their days on the job, corporate America is in a unique position to address this health issue.
* It is in the employer’s best interest to try to work with their employees who have diabetes or are at risk for the disease to improve productivity and lower health costs as well as help employees stay in good mental and physical health.
* Reduces unscheduled absenteeism in the workplace and associated costs
* Improves health (by controlling diabetes)
* Saves health care dollars by investing in patient well-being ─ keeping people healthy rather than paying for care when they become seriously ill
Diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful.