Are your employees at risk? According to the American Diabetes Association “Diabetes is the leading cause of heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation. It also leads to more sick days and less productivity on the job.”

Based on Kaiser Family Foundation data, the American Diabetes Association’s workplace cost calculator estimates that for a company with 1,000 employees:

  • 120 employees have diabetes
  • 34 of them are undiagnosed
  • 370 have prediabetes
  • $4 million is the average annual cost for employees with diabetes and prediabetes
  • $751,682 is the annual increased cost if 25% of employees with prediabetes develop diabetes.

So What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk?
One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent—it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The first step is learning your risk.

That’s why this year the Diabetes Referral Network – an ABC Perk Provider- is participating in American Diabetes Association Alert Day®. On March 27, we encourage you to take a simple and anonymous one-minute test to find out if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You’ll answer questions such as, “Do you have a family history of diabetes?” and “Are you physically active?” to learn your diabetes risk in 60 seconds. It’s that simple.

Once you’ve taken the test, share it with friends and family—with 84 million Americans at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, someone you love could be at risk. 

This Alert Day, you may also consider giving back to the American Diabetes Association so more people can learn their diabetes risk. You can also learn more about this disease, how to prevent it, and how to fight back to help transform your life at diabetes.org/alertday.

We hope you’ll join us by learning your type 2 diabetes risk this year for Alert Day, and help others do the same.

Did you know?
Activate Buffalo County partners with the Diabetes Referral Network (DRN) to host Diabetes Worksite Fairs! DRN comes right into your workplace and sets up their very own screening fair to screen and test your employees for prediabetes and diabetes. This allows you to bring direct screening, testing and education on resources and treatment to your employees. Bringing awareness to the risks, educating individuals on treatment and interventions and encouraging them to get support from local resources helps prevent diabetes in your employees- saving you money and increasing productivity and the health of your employees!

If you would like more information or to schedule a Diabetes Worksite Fair contact us at Wellness@bcchp.org or 308-865-2287.