An average workday with diabetes
What's standing between you and better support for your employees with diabetes? If you're like most employers, it's that you haven't seen the difference support can make firsthand.
Here's what a normal workday can look like for your employees with diabetes. Take a walk in their shoes and you'll understand how better benefits can take a lot off their plates.
You're not feeling quite like yourself when you roll out of bed. Waking up with high blood sugar isn't uncommon for people with diabetes, but it is inconvenient.
High blood sugar affects people differently, but for you it may spell a tough start to the day. You've got a headache you can't kick and you can't quite seem to focus. You hope that a quick breakfast will set things straight before you settle in to work.
Fortunately, your blood sugar has stabilized now and you're feeling like your usual self. But you can't kick the feeling that you've been in this situation a lot lately. You check your logbook and confirm your suspicion—a pattern of high blood sugar in the mornings for the past three weeks.
It's natural to be a bit concerned. That pattern might be nothing, but it might mean that you need to change the way you manage diabetes on a daily basis. It's better to be safe than sorry, so you call your doctor's office to make an appointment and get to the bottom of it.
You weren't able to get as much done this morning as you were hoping, but it's time to shift gears. You have an hour-long meeting that will lead right into lunch.
The meeting ran late and cut into lunchtime. You usually check your blood sugar around noon before sitting down for a meal, but you weren't able to step away this time. It's now going on 1:00 p.m. and you're starting to feel the telltale signs of low blood sugar.
When blood sugar dips very low, the body goes into survival mode. Severe cases can lead to nausea, numbness and disorientation—even seizures and a trip to the ER. Your symptoms are mild today, just making you feel a bit shaky and lightheaded, but the threat of serious low blood sugar is always in the back of your mind.1
You test your sugar and make a note in your logbook as you dig into your lunch.
A call with a client didn't go as well as planned. You're feeling stressed, which is a surefire way to raise your blood sugar.2 You decide to take a brisk walk around the neighborhood to clear your head and get your sugar down.
With all the breaks you've had to take today to manage diabetes, it looks like you'll be working into the evening. Hopefully you can break the cycle and get a better start tomorrow.
A better way
There is a better solution, and it starts with the RocheDiabetes Health Connection. Our program gives your employees with diabetes the support they need to take better care of their health, such as one-to-one coaching and unlimited testing supplies delivered to their home. Plus, the free mySugr app puts real-time blood glucose data in the hands of their care team, so they don't have to wait for a doctor's appointment to get answers.
Schedule your demo of the RocheDiabetes Health Connection today. It just takes 15 minutes, and it's the start of a better path for your employees with diabetes.
1American Diabetes Association. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Available at: https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/medication-management/blood-glucose-testing-and-control/hypoglycemia. Accessed October 16, 2020.
2American Diabetes Association. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Available at: https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/medication-management/blood-glucose-testing-and-control/hyperglycemia. Accessed October 16, 2020.