75% of healthcare costs in developed countries is spent on chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. With this much money going towards chronic health conditions, it’s clear that the management of these diseases should take high precedence.
Disease management programs (DMPs) have recently begun to gain popularity as employers are beginning to see the necessity and benefits of implementing these programs. These DMPs are bringing greater disease awareness and lower healthcare costs among those affected.
Diabetes, one of the most prevalent and costly chronic diseases, needs to be met with equal intensity. A quality diabetes disease management program can provide your company with the needed tools to increase awareness, knowledge and participation…all while lowering your costs!
5 Steps to Include in Your Diabetes Disease Management Program:
There are various ways to diagnose diabetes. The A1C, FPG, and OPPG are all tests available for determining your glucose levels. Consider working with a general health practitioner to provide these tests in the office for your employees. This can be done as part of a biometric screening upon request.
These tests can often catch people in the prediabetes stage, alerting them to a potentially serious problem that can be easily fixed with a few lifestyle changes.
Understanding the nature of diabetes is one of the first steps to proper disease management. Provide educational materials for employees that may test at pre-diabetes levels. Consider hosting a lunch time informational talk from a local diabetes expert concerning disease information and care.
- Know Your Numbers
Every diabetic (and even those with prediabetes) must know their numbers, or as some like to call it, their ABC’s. A for A1C test measuring average blood sugar levels, B for blood pressure, and C for cholesterol. These numbers are highly important for proper disease management. As part of your company’s chronic disease management program, offer these routine number assessments in the office or promote through incentives.
- Lifestyle Encouragement
Everyone benefits from making informed lifestyle choices focused on healthy living, but for diabetics, it can be the difference between life and death. Diabetes that is not properly managed often leads to kidney failure, stroke, heart failure, amputations, and severe nerve damage. Encourage a balanced diet, limited in sugars and simple carbohydrates. Promote exercise by offering incentives. Teach stress management techniques in the workplace.
- Routine Care
One of the best things you can add to your diabetes disease management plan is to encourage routine doctor visits for those suffering from diabetes or even pre-diabetes. This allows common problem areas to be assessed and necessary actions to be taken.
Most importantly, a quality diabetes disease management program involves open avenues of communication between the chosen health care practitioner, the employee and the employer.
For any further questions concerning disease management programs, contact Wellworks For You. We are here to help your wellness programs succeed!
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