A Job Is Good for Diabetics
If you're diabetic, having a steady job appears to be good for your health -- and not just because of the insurance coverage. According to a release from the University of Michigan, people with diabetes who don't work are less likely to adhere to their oral anti-diabetic medications than their counterparts who are employed.
Lead researcher Rajesh Balkrishnan of the U-M College of Pharmacy and School of Public Health believes that a healthier, active lifestyle and access to medical care resources through employers that want employees to remain productive play a big role in adherence. He is quoted as saying, "Workforce participation for adults with diabetes and other chronic conditions command the attention of public policymakers, particularly when prioritizing resource allocation. As a starting position, health care providers and systems need standard processes to identify individuals facing financial pressure and their vulnerability to lower medication adherence."
The study, "Associations between joblessness and oral anti-diabetic medication adherence in U.S. diabetic working-age adults," appears in the online journal Health Outcomes Research in Medicine.