Did you know the direct cost (medical care) and indirect cost (lost productivity and premature death) of diabetes in New Mexico in 2002 totaled over $1 billion?
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in New Mexico and many people are not aware that they have diabetes.
One in every five health care dollars is spent caring for someone with diabetes, while one in 10 health care dollars is attributed to diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes accounts for 15 million work days absent, 120 million work days with reduced performance, six million reduced productivity days for those not in the workplace, and an additional 107 million work days lost due to unemployment disability attributed to diabetes.
Three ways you can help your employees prevent or learn about diabetes are:
- Working with your health plan to determine how they can best support your diabetic employees.
- Offering educational activities that will help employees learn if they are at risk for diabetes, how to reduce their risk, and how to prevent or delay diabetes. (Visit the American Diabetes Association's website for more information.)
- Provide materials on health-related issues, including diabetes and its risk factors, to your employees.
(Sources: American Diabetes Association, New Mexico Department of Health)