Did you know that 29 million people living in the United States have diabetes, but 25 percent of them do not even know it! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that every five minutes two people die of diabetes-related causes and 14 adults are newly diagnosed. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diagnosed diabetes have medical expenses about 2.3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes. Continuwell nurses can help your employees manage this disease, in order to decrease costs and increase quality of life, by evaluating symptoms and establishing a path to care.
The Costs of Diabetes According to the American Diabetes Association
- 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes
- $5 billion attributed to increased absenteeism
- $20.8 billion in reduced productivity while at work for the employed population
- $18.5 billion lost productive capacity due to early mortality
The symptoms of diabetes can be easily dismissed and may go undiagnosed for years. For many, it is not until a major occurrence, such as a heart attack or infection that will not clear up, that individuals will seek medical attention. When your employees have Continuwell, they have the option to speak with a medical professional about those early warning signs of diabetes and get on the right path to treat or prevent the disease.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, which was formerly known as Juvenile onset diabetes, occurs when your body is not able to make insulin. Only about 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1. Currently there is no cure for type 1 diabetes and these patients must take insulin every day to control their blood sugars.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes commonly occurs in patients that are overweight, older than 45, are not physically active, and have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and some Asian Americans are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body still makes insulin, but cannot use that insulin efficiently to keep blood sugars at normal levels.
Diabetes can affect your entire body. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels puts individuals at high risk for heart disease, blindness and other eye problems, kidney disease, and are a leading cause of amputations related to uncontrolled infections and nerve damage.
Tips for Staying Healthy with Diabetes
Daily: Strive for a healthy diet, be active for at least 30 minutes, take medication as directed, check feet for signs of infection such as redness, sores, swelling, or pain.
Every 3 months: Visit your health care provider for a foot check and blood pressure check.
Every 6 months: Have a dental checkup and your A1C level checked.
Yearly: Get your cholesterol checked, get a flu shot, see an eye doctor and foot doctor.
Diabetes has become an epidemic in the U.S. and living with diabetes is not easy. Continuwell provides your employees with nurses and doctors, available 24/7, to evaluate symptoms and complications linked to diabetes. Staying organized about what care is needed and using our strong support system will help keep blood sugar numbers in a safe zone and medical costs down.