Prediabetes is a ticking time-bomb for businesses in the UK. Employers that are able to provide support to their staff can help to reduce this risk.
New research shows that 35.3% of people aged over 16 in England now have prediabetes. As reported in the British Medical Journal, this rate has climbed from 11.6% in 2003. Prediabetes is a condition that is reversible through lifestyle and diet change, but precedes the onset of incurable Type 2 Diabetes.
The impact on employers could be huge, not least as those employees overweight and over 40 have a higher than 1 in 2 chance of being prediabetic. The research, based on data collected from the Health Survey for England, indicates that the cost of absence through both prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes is set to sharply rise unless stringent action is taken.
Professor Stephen Nussey, an endocrinologist and diabetologist at St George’s University of London commented “Prediabetes is a ticking time-bomb for businesses in the UK. Employers that are able to provide support to their staff can help to reduce this risk. A workforce that makes sensible decisions about diet and lifestyle now can reduce the prevalence of Diabetes in the years to come.”
David Burgess, CEO of Stanford Burgess Health, which offers a programme called Prevent T2 designed to limit the impact of prediabetes for employers added: “We urge responsible employers to consider the benefits of tackling the scourge of Type 2 Diabetes within the workplace. Healthier employees make healthier companies and preventing Type 2 Diabetes prevents a wide range of other cardio-vascular conditions. Our Prevent T2 programme is self-financing as it can save large employers millions of pounds in reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and positive employee engagement. It really is good for business as well as the health of all employees.
He continues, “Our clinically proven Prevent T2 programme has been developed over the past 5 years and acts as both an educational tool and a behaviour change system, ensuring long term benefits for both individuals and employers.”
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Stanford Burgess Health Ltd has developed its Prevent T2 programme over the last five years to encourage individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles and reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Backed by leading scientists in both Diabetes and behaviour change, the programme mixes both online and offline systems and acts as both an education and awareness tool as well as a clinically proven behaviour change system.
British medical Journal source: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/6/e005002.full?sid=b5ea31c9...
David Burgess – CEO
Stanford Burgess Health Ltd
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