Let's Talk Health: Diabetes
As a therapist that takes a lifestyle medicine approach, I believe in helping you be as healthy as you can be. Diabetes is a common chronic illness which can be prevented. A UCLA study (2016) found that nearly 50% of California adults, including 1 out of every 3 young adults have either prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes. Another 9% of adults have a diabetes diagnosis. In this post, I share general tips and resources on how to protect yourself and loved ones from chronic illness and how to develop a healthy workplace culture.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that involves high levels of blood sugar due to problems with insulin production and/or insulin action. California has the highest number of new cases of diabetes. Ethnic minorities, the elderly, males, and individuals with low social or economic status have higher rates of diabetes.
Risk factors for developing Type 2 Diabetes include:
The Cost of Diabetes
Diabetes can have a significant impact upon your physical health and quality of life. Life with diabetes includes daily demands of diabetes care, symptoms of low or very high blood glucose, and fears/reality of diabetes complications. The American Diabetes Association reports that people with diagnosed diabetes spend $9,601 annually just to care for this condition.
The Cost of Diabetes in the Workplace
As a manager or employer, you can support employee and organizational health by initiating and supporting lifestyle medicine practices in the workplace. Lifestyle changes can lead to better health, lower absenteeism, increased engagement, greater focus, higher energy, heightened creativity, fewer accidents, and higher productivity. The 2020 findings from the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America study found that high stress levels cost $500 billion and resulted in 550 million lost workdays. The American College of Lifestyle Medicine offers these ideas on how to promote a healthy lifestyle and organizational culture:
As for yourself and your loved ones, prevention is the best approach! Here’s some tips to prevent the start of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes:
For more information on managing emotional stressors that may be impacting your health and diabetes prevention, you may review this previous blog post.
As always, if you would like more information on how to incorporate lifestyle changes or manage stress or moods that are impacting your health and ability to take care of yourself, contact me.
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All blog posts from Dr. Soo Hoo are provided for educational and informational purposes only. As Dr. Soo Hoo is a licensed clinical and health psychologist, we must make it clear that nothing on the blog is intended to constitute medical or psychological advice, consultation, recommendation, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are concerned about your health, please seek appropriate care in your area.
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