Employers can play a key role in educating their employees about the risk for diabetes and encouraging them to be screened and/or tested for the disease. By working with the National Diabetes Education Program,69 some employers have become the central nexus for improved detection:
- Distribute information about diabetes and its risk factors and signs and symptoms to employees and their families.
- Partner with the health department or other local organizations to provide work-site diabetes screening and strongly encourage individuals who indicate a high risk for diabetes to be tested for the disease.
69 The National Diabetes Education Program is a jointly funded program by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes over 200 partners at the federal, state, and local levels, working together to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes.