Diabetes causes about five percent of all deaths globally each year. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Raised blood sugar is a common effect of uncontrolled diabetes and over time leads to serious damage to many of the body's systems, especially the nerves and blood vessels.
The BASF Occupational Medicine and Health Protection Department initiated a Diabetes Screening Campaign to detect and offer intervention options for employees with previously unknown pre-diabetes and diabetes. 1,627 of the 34,000 BASF employees assigned to the Ludwigshafen, Germany site participated in the screening campaign. Among the participants, 72 new cases of pre-diabetes and 5 new diabetes cases were identified (age 37-62 years, mean 50.4 years). These employees were offered programs for primary or secondary prevention, respectively.
To motivate individuals to participate in health initiatives is a common challenge in Germany. Men tend to be less interested in prevention and health promotion activities than women.
Even in this relatively young and active population, prevention programs are likely to provide health benefits to employees that result in cost savings both in terms of reduced insurance and corporation costs.
Identifying potential target populations within the workforce and providing efficient access to health education and medical services can improve early detection of chronic disease conditions.
Employee populations often are relatively young, active and constitute a subgroup of the general population that can be difficult to reach and motivate to participate in preventive health initiatives.
Tips: Meeting obligations for conducting occupational medical examinations can provide opportunities to contribute more broadly to the detection and prevention of chronic diseases
Departments Involved: BASF Occupational Medicine & Health Protection in cooperation with Company Insurance and Family Physicians in the region.