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Diabetes at Work E-News The companion newsletter to diabetesatwork.org http://www.diabetesatwork.org. May 2017
PLAN AHEAD! resources for upcoming health observances June June 12-18National Men's Health Week https://www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw/ National Safety Month http://www.cdcfoundation.org/businesspulse/workplace-safety-health July UV Safety Month https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety.htm August National Immunization Awareness Month https://www.vaccines.gov/more_info/features/national_immunization_awareness_month_2014.html
Featured Resources May Is Healthy Vision Month! People with diabetes are at higher risk for certain eye diseases. It is important to diagnose and treat eye problems early to protect vision. Help your employees with diabetes maintain good eyesight, and learn more about the link between diabetes and eye health. Encourage employees with diabetes to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/pdfs/149-healthy-eyes-matter.pdf at least once a year and share the results with their primary care doctor. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the eye. Encourage employees to monitor their blood sugar levels https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/diabetesatwork/pdfs/knowyourbloodsugarnumbers.pdf and talk with their health care team to find out how often they should check their blood sugar throughout the day. Smokers with diabetes have a higher risk of developing serious diabetes-related eye diseases. Display this handout https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/50th-anniversary/pdfs/fs_smoking_diabetes_508.pdf in high-traffic work areas to support employees with diabetes who want to quit smoking.
What's new... Check out CDCs toolkits to make the business case for diabetes prevention programs CDC has released two toolkits to support employers in making the business case to invest in diabetes prevention programs. The Diabetes State Burden Toolkit https://nccd.cdc.gov/Toolkit/DiabetesBurden/Home/Economicis an interactive website that reports the health, economic, and mortality burden of diabetes. Get started by selecting your companys state from the drop down list on the homepage. The Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit https://nccd.cdc.gov/Toolkit/DiabetesImpact/Home/Aboutwill help you project the health and economic benefits of a diabetes prevention program on a given population at risk for diabetes. This interactive toolkit consists of three modulesone each for states, employers, and insurersthat allow you to enter customized data or use defaults based on national or state averages. Print or download your results to share with stakeholders and colleagues. To view the Employer Input Dashboard, select "Employer" on the home page. Simply enter your company's information on the employer input dashboard to project the cost and health benefits of delivering the National DPP. Try out both toolkits today to learn more about reducing health care costs and improving employee health. Ask the Expert: Diabetes in the Workplace Question: May is a special time to celebrate moms and soon-to-be moms. How can we help our employees understand the relationship between diabetes and pregnancy? Answer: Gestational diabetes https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/diabetes.html is a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy. According to CDC, about 9% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. Two of the risk factors for gestational diabetes are being overweight before getting pregnant or having diabetes in their family. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Poorly controlled gestational diabetes can also cause problems in the baby. For instance, the baby may be very large, and this can led to problems during delivery. Employers can share CDC's gestational diabetes https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/documents/Diabetes_and_Pregnancy508.pdf guide to help expectant moms and their babies stay healthy during this precious time. Women who already have type 1 or type 2 diabetes before becoming pregnant can get information from CDC's diabetes and pregnancy website https://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/diabetes-types.html to learn how to control diabetes during pregnancy. Have a question for our experts? E-mail us and we'll respond . Health care professional in conversation with male patient
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