For employees who are in the habit of going to a doctor only when they have a problem; screening in the workplace can be useful for finding those at risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart and blood vessel disease, according to a Finnish study.
Researchers at Finnair Health Services, in a study published in January 2012 in the journal Primary Care Diabetes, looked at risk factors for the development of Type 2 diabetes and heart and blood vessel disease in a population of “healthy” employees of an airline company. They found many employees whose health could benefit from lifestyle changes before they developed signs and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.
The study included 2312 employees, who were given:
- physical examinations,
- questionnaires on working hours, sleep, and lifestyle,
- diabetes risk score, and
- blood tests.
A total of 15 per cent of the participants were found to be at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes and another 15 per cent showed a moderate risk. Sixty per cent of those at risk agreed to attend lifestyle counseling. It will be interesting to read the results of the lifestyle counseling program.