New approach can tackle diabetes at work

Comprehensive health promotion plan needed
By Randi Garcha
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/16/2011

With an aging and growing population, rising rates of overweight and obese individuals, sedentary lifestyles and 80 per cent of new Canadians coming from populations at high risk, the rising prevalence of diabetes in Canada is dramatic and alarming.

More than nine million Canadians live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. About 90 per cent of those living with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. Not only are the rates of diabetes growing rapidly, the disease is associated with serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputations and premature death.

Addressing diabetes in the workplace has never been more relevant. But a significant shift is needed — in government approach, private sector involvement and, most of all, widespread personal and societal change.