Raising Diabetes Awareness in the Workplace
This year’s theme is Eyes on Diabetes. It focuses on early screening for type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.
Diabetes is an important issue for global employers because:
- The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, according to the World Health Organization.
- In 2030, diabetes will become the 7th leading cause of death in the world.
- In working women ages 50 – 69, diabetes is one of the top 10 health issues in all GBGH target countries except for Argentina (11th) and the United Kingdom (16th).
- More than 80% of diabetes cases occur in emerging markets.
- Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputation and kidney failure.
- Although its exact causes are complex, increased incidence of diabetes is related to increases in overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.
Employers can play an important role in supporting people with diabetes in their workforce by:
- Offering programs that include diabetes education and screening;
- Providing programs and benefits that help employees achieve and maintain a healthy body weight;
- Encouraging employees to do at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days;
- Promoting and supporting healthy diets that reduce sugar and saturated fat intake, including food offered in company cafeterias and at company-sponsored meetings; and
- Assisting employees who wish to quit using tobacco.
Business Group Resources
For more tools and resources on health promotion, Global Business Group on HealthSM members can access the GBGH website.