National Diabetes Month, Week 2: Employees

It’s the second week of National Diabetes Month, a month devoted to increasing public awareness about diabetes management and prevention. Last week’s blog entry, "National Diabetes Month, Week 1: Caregivers," focused on tools that can help people who care for others with diabetes understand the condition and avoid "burning out." This week’s focus is on diabetes in the workplace.

Managing your diabetes at work can raise several issues. There’s the question of whom at the office to tell about your diabetes. There are also the issues of stress and depression and how they affect both your diabetes and your ability to work effectively. While there are no easy answers to these questions, you can check out the following resources from for more discussion of these issues and tips for dealing with them:

If you’re an employer and want to take action to help your employees prevent or control diabetes, you may also want to check out the American Diabetes Association’s Web pages “Diabetes in the Workplace”[6] and “Winning at Work.”[7] These pages offer suggestions and tools that can help you raise diabetes awareness at your company. The government-sponsored Web site[8] also has many useful tools for employers.

Next week, we’ll discuss the “faces of diabetes” around the world.

  1. “To Tell or Not to Tell, That is the Question”:
  2. “The Weight of Work Gets Heavier,”:
  3. meditation:
  4. “Treating Depression Through the Workplace”:
  5. Emotional Health:
  6. “Diabetes in the Workplace”:
  7. “Winning at Work.”:

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