Diabetes is a disease in which your body either can’t produce insulin or can’t properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas.
Insulin’s role is to regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Blood sugar must be carefully regulated to ensure that the body functions properly. Too much blood sugar can cause damage to organs, blood vessels, and nerves. Your body also needs insulin in order to use sugar for energy.
Eleven million Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Chances are, diabetes affects you or someone you know! There are three types of diabetes, and today we are highlighting diabetes related to obesity.
As much as possible employers are required to make accommodations for employees with diabetes. It is important to review what is currently covered under your benefit plan to ensure that it supports employees with diabetes (and other chronic diseases). Many of these treatments may already be available through your plan; however, your employees may be unaware that they have access to them. You may wish to repackage your benefit plan offerings and promote them to increase awareness and further support your employees living with obesity.
Supporting your employees
Similar to other chronic diseases, it is essential to provide employees living with obesity access to evidence-based treatment options to help them appropriately manage their weight. Your employees may require treatment with some, or a combination of, the resources that are mentioned here. As such, your employee benefits plan should include access to a variety of tools available to them.
In this lifechanging article, an employee describes their at work experiences with diabetes and how choosing a new monitoring tool has affected their life.
Sources: Nova Nordisk Canada, Abbott Diabetes Care, Diabetes Canada