Diabetes is a chronic illness people develop when their body struggles to break down sugar into energy for their cells. In healthy individuals, the pancreas produces a hormone named insulin which takes care of the breakdown process.
There are two types of diabetes. In type 1 diabetics, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this type of the illness is thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction. It generally develops in children or young people.
Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is closely related to unhealthy lifestyles. In this case, the pancreas stops using insulin efficiently. Type 2 diabetes develops later than type 1, and it is preventable.
The good news is that type 2 diabetes develops slowly. Most type 2 patients develop prediabetes before developing diabetes. Prediabetes is a wake-up call. It may be scary, but it provides an incredible opportunity to prevent chronic illness. You just need to take the opportunity.
Prediabetes means that your blood sugar levels are raised above normal levels. However, they are not yet high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. There is more good news: not only can prediabetes be managed to prevent blood sugar levels from rising. Done well, you can even reverse blood sugar levels until they return to a normal range.
At this time, one in three Americans has blood sugar levels within the prediabetic range. One in three have been diagnosed with diabetes. Why can we not prevent all prediabetics from developing this chronic illness? Because according to a CDC estimate, more than 80% of prediabetics are unaware of the danger they are in. This needs to change.
Once type 2 diabetes has been diagnosed, there is no cure. Diabetes sufferers need to manage their illness for the remainder of their life.
The longer patients live with diabetes, the more likely they are to develop serious consequences. Diabetes predisposes you to heart disease, including heart attacks, and strokes.
Over time, chronically high blood sugar levels attack nerve ends in a diabetic’s extremities. Many people develop a condition known as diabetic foot, where they lose feeling in their feet. As a consequence, you may not feel a small injury like a blister or a cut.
Normally, this would not be a big problem, but for many diabetics, these small injuries develop into ulcers and infections. Blood vessel damage makes it harder for your feet to heal, and eventually, the diabetic foot may lead to amputation.
The illness has other, severe consequences beyond these. One of those is related to Covid-19. As infections across America are rising, doctors are noticing that diabetes is one of the underlying conditions that predispose patients to serious Covid-19 complications and death.
America has a huge opportunity to win the battle against diabetes. All we need to do is to make sure every prediabetic American knows they have the condition and receives the support they need.
This is where employers can help. Not everyone has the time to devote to medical check-ups. Many of your team lead busy lives, balancing their family life and work life. Without acute symptoms, it is easy to dismiss small niggles and avoid seeing a doctor, often for years.
Compared to that, it is easy to arrange diabetes screening at work. Plus, the initial assessment of your team is free. Consider what your organization has to gain: a healthier, happier workforce is only one benefit.
In addition, you will save thousands of dollars in healthcare costs for each member of your plan. Your organization will avoid unplanned absences due to diabetes complications. Healthy employees are more productive, too. As individual employees become more aware of their health, you may see the entire organization’s culture-changing to one that is more health-focused. Your finance team will see the change in the company’s bottom line.
Diabetes screening platform from TrueCare™ offers each of your team members a free assessment highlighting whether they are at risk for prediabetes. The assessment is quick and convenient. Depending on the outcome, further tests can follow. Individual employees receive personalized guidance and suggestions to help them improve their lifestyles and prevent diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is about to overrun America as the coronavirus pandemic did in 2020. However, we have ample warning and a huge opportunity to prevent this.
Sign your organization up for diabetes screening now. Don’t wait another day. The sooner the prediabetics in your team know that they have the condition, the sooner they can start controlling it and turning their fortunes around. It’s time to win this battle!
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