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Early Symptoms of Adult Onset Diabetes in the Work Place

What are the early symptoms of adult onset diabetes? Most people with diabetes have Type 2 and this used to be called adult-onset diabetes but now even younger children are getting this. The symptoms like thirst, frequent urination and blurred vision may or may not appear.

The thing is the company one works for is affected by diabetes so with or without the early symptoms of adult onset diabetes, it is good to have those at risk tested for blood sugar values. Otherwise the impact on the company is two-fold:

  • The human consequences can be revealed in frequent absences from work, a lower quality of life, and a higher risk of early death.
  • Economically, the company is affected too in decreased productivity, and in direct and indirect health expenses.

You see, someone with blood glucose high enough to fit the diagnosis may not have the early symptoms of adult onset diabetes mentioned above. This sometimes leads to the wrong notion that one has only a touch of diabetes. And this in turn leads to inaction. Regardless, the workplace will be affected.

The trouble is complications can set in with or without the early symptoms of adult onset diabetes. It's therefore vital the company prepares to address this issue along with the complications. The work place can run intervention to combat this disease. There will be initial expenses but compared to the cost later on, an ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure.

The work place therefore should understand the potential cost savings when this issue is faced even without the early symptoms of adult onset diabetes. A company that provides intervention is making an investment on the entire work force. Consider the following as revealed by some studies:

  • Testa et al in 1998 reported that employees with good glycemic control decreased the absenteeism by 1% compared to an 8% increase in those with poor glycemic control.
  • Elixhauser et al found out in 1993 that preconception counseling of women with diabetes resulted in savings of $1720 per participant.
  • Burton et al revealed in a 1998 study that after three months of attending a workshop program, the participants decreased their blood sugar level.
  • Rodby et al reported in 1996 that the treatment of early signs of kidney disease led to a direct lifetime savings of $32,000 per person with Type 1 diabetes and $9,990 per patient with Type 2.
  • Testa et al revealed in the 1998 study that employees with controlled blood glucose levels were more productive on their job.

The moral of the story? Get those employees who are at risk for diabetes screened even though they don't manifest the early symptoms of adult onset diabetes. Identify what needs to be done and take action to realize the savings both human and economics.



The key to improve productivity among the diabetic employees is good blood sugar control. Why is this important? Because if the blood glucose levels are close to or within normal targets, the quality of life will improve, the productivity increased and the company's cost reduced.

So provide ways the employees could test their blood sugar even without the early symptoms of adult onset diabetes. It does not take a lot of time to test one's blood glucose level. It takes only a few seconds and the benefits are great like what they're doing below.

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Scope Expands for Pre-diabetes Study Valley Regional Hospital is expanding its pre-diabetes study that will identify the people at risk for this condition. Then they can make changes to their lifestyle in order to delay or even prevent the diabetes from occurring. This is in line with the Canadian Diabetes Association's Clinical Practice Guidelines that has just been released.

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