Overcoming the barriers to better diabetes health

November 2020

To someone who doesn't have the condition, managing diabetes may look pretty straightforward. You put a drop of blood on a test strip and a small testing device tells you everything you need to know. But the reality is much more complicated.

For many people with type 2 diabetes, for example, a diabetes diagnosis can present significant barriers—some real and some perceived—between a person and their health.

Take a look at some of the hurdles faced by people with diabetes and learn how you can help them overcome these challenges with the help of RocheDiabetes Health Connection.


Underestimating the value of testing

"I can manage diabetes on my own—I can keep it in check with some changes to my diet and a bit more exercise. I don't need actually draw blood to know if I'm feeling good or bad."

It's true that some people with type 2 diabetes can rely on lifestyle changes to keep their health in check. However, even for those who don't require medication to manage their condition, regular blood sugar testing gives people empirical data to prove that their efforts are paying off. For others, testing can help them determine what to eat or how much medication they need.

RocheDiabetes Health Connection offers your employees the free mySugr app—a great way to track blood sugar patterns and identify areas for improvement. Your employees can share detailed graphs and data with their doctors, so they can keep an eye on their progress and celebrate victories along the way.

Thinking diabetes is no big deal

"My diabetes isn't that bad—if it were really serious, my doctor would put me on insulin. I'll clock in if I ever progress to that point."

Diabetes is a progressive disease, meaning that it can get worse over time even if a person does everything right. In the early stages, however, following medical advice and testing blood sugar to see how well they're keeping diabetes controlled can help a person prevent other health problems and potentially slow the disease's progression.1

The RocheDiabetes Health Connection pairs each participant with a Certified Diabetes Educator® to provide coaching and positive support. Together, they'll create a personalized plan that fits the employee's lifestyle and helps build healthy habits.


Putting costs before care

"I can't afford to manage diabetes. My doctor talked about all the things I'll have to buy, like a blood glucose meter, test strips and a lancing device. I have other expenses to worry about."

There's no denying that diabetes is expensive. The average person with diabetes pays thousands of dollars every year for supplies and care—if they take steps to keep it controlled. Ignoring diabetes can cost thousands more per year for those who don't monitor and manage their diabetes regularly.2 Simply put, it has been shown that improving glycemic control can lower healthcare costs by up to $2,500 per patient in the first year following improvement.2,3

Here's the good news. RocheDiabetes Health Connection helps employees with diabetes save by including free, unlimited testing supplies delivered right to their door. A new blood glucose meter, plus test strips and lancing supplies means people can focus more on their health and less on their wallets.

Feeling unempowered

"Testing won't cure my diabetes. Why would I put so much time, money and effort into treating something that can't be cured?"

It's true—diabetes can't be cured. But it can be managed. Regular testing and taking steps to keep blood sugar from rising too high or falling too low makes a real difference in how well a person feels every day, physically and emotionally.

Participation in the RocheDiabetes Health Connection program has been associated with significant reductions (-1.48%) in estimated HbA1c at 16 weeks in patients with uncontrolled diabetes.3

Help your employees with diabetes break down the barriers between them and better health.

1American Diabetes Association. Standards of medical care in diabetes—2020 [position statement]. Diabetes Care. 2020;43(1): S1-S212. Available at: https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/diacare/suppl/2019/12/20/43.Su.... Accessed November 4, 2020.

2Bansal, Megha, et al. “Impact of Reducing Glycated Hemoglobin on Healthcare Costs Among a Population with Uncontrolled Diabetes.” Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, vol. 16, 23 June 2018, pp. 675–684., doi:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40258-018-0398-2.

3Bankosegger R, Kober J, Mayer H. Sustainable improvement in quality of blood glucose control in users of mySugr's integrated diabetes management. Available at: https://assets.mysugr.com/website/mysugr.com-wordpress/uploads/2019/06/a.... Accessed November 4, 2020.