August 31, 2012

A Steady Job is Good for People with Diabetes

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Contrary to what some studies have shown in the past – a steady job is good for a person with diabetes. This new study was conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan. It found a very interesting connection between employment and diabetes control.

Researchers found that unemployed working-age people with diabetes are less likely to stick to their oral anti-diabetic medications than diabetics who are employed. To take this one step further, people of working age with diabetes are more likely to be unemployed than those who do not have diabetes.

It’s not a secret to those of us with diabetes – we’re not cheap dates. In fact, the medical expenses for people with diabetes are more than 2 times higher than for people without diabetes. In 2007, the estimated direct (average medical expenditures) and indirect  (disability, work loss, premature mortality) costs of diabetes were $174 billion.

Diabetes is an indelible mark on the permanent records for some. Habits of diabetes control influence your life, like it or not.  One could infer that well-controlled diabetes is a feather in the cap of an employee. The overall sentiments of being employed are good for a person with diabetes: it keeps your brain busy, it keeps your bank account fed, and it keeps your diabetes in check.

What do you think?  Is it a cause-and-effect scenarios whereby a person who is jobless and uninsured is less likely to control their diabetes? Or is a person with poorly controlled diabetes less likely to be employed? The connection is unclear but the writing is in the sand.

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