3 ways to support remote employees with diabetes

September 2020

As COVID-19 has led to social distancing, self-isolation and work-from-home arrangements continuing for longer than many might have expected, the impact on your employees with chronic conditions such as diabetes can be tremendous.

On average, approximately 1 of every 8 adults in the U.S. has diabetes,1 so it's quite possible some of your employees are trying to navigate managing their condition through completely uncharted territory. This can be a real struggle, as people with diabetes tend to feel isolated and have a higher incidence of depression during the best of times.2 And it can affect their performance at work.

Right now, your employees need support in three key areas in order to manage their condition and feel their best. RocheDiabetes Health Connection is in a unique position to help you provide it to them.

  1. Emotional support.
    Many people—with or without diabetes—are grappling with the emotional toll of the pandemic. Our all-remote programs provide a much-needed ear. Licensed personal diabetes coaches are available 7 days a week to help your employees set goals, work through the feelings brought up by physical and emotional isolation, and help problem solve around any challenges they're facing.
  2. Blood sugar management.
    The key to managing diabetes is keeping blood sugar levels within a safe range through frequent monitoring, healthy eating and staying active. This can be more challenging than usual right now, due to the disruption in routines, stress or boredom eating, and staying cooped up indoors. However, uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to fatigue, headaches and the inability to concentrate, making it harder to work effectively.

    RocheDiabetes Health Connection participants have access to the popular mySugr diabetes management app, which automatically tracks their blood glucose numbers on their mobile device, then helps them visualize how they're doing. They can even share data directly with their healthcare teams to enable more valuable live or virtual appointments.
  3. Diabetes testing supplies
    The idea of visiting a crowded pharmacy or paying out of pocket for vital diabetes management supplies can contribute to already high stress levels. RocheDiabetes Health Connection delivers unlimited Accu-Chek® test strips and other necessary items right to your employees' doors, giving them one less thing to worry about.

    Not only will better controlling their blood sugar and receiving emotional support help them feel better, your employees may find that they can perform their work better, too. After all, uncontrolled diabetes can leave people feeling tired, confused and unable to concentrate.4

Find out how easily and cost-efficiently you can provide critical, appreciated support to your employees. Set up a quick, 15-minute demo today.

1CDC. National diabetes statistics report 2020. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/data/statistics/national-diabetes-stat.... Accessed June 25, 2020.

2McCoy MA, Theeke LA. A systematic review of the relationships among psychosocial factors and coping in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Int J Nurs Sci. 2019;6(4): 468-477. Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352013218306987. Accessed June 25, 2020.

3medRxiv. Effects of COVID-19 home confinement on physical activity and eating behaviour Preliminary results of the ECLB-COVID19 international online-survey. Available at: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.04.20072447v1.full.pdf+html. Accessed June 25, 2020.

4MayoClinic.com. Diabetic hypoglycemia. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-hypoglycemia/sym.... Accessed June 25, 2020.