Diabetes Fact Sheet

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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.
Diabetes does affect corporate America and its bottom line. * In 2007, direct and indirect costs of diabetes total nearly $174 billion a year. * People with diagnosed diabetes, on average have medical expenditures that are 2.3 times higher than what the expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes. * In 2007, Indirect costs include increased absenteeism ($2.6 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…...

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