One in five corporate employees are at risk of developing diabetes, according to a study released on Monday by Indian health insurance firm Apollo Munich.
Nearly 800,000 people took part in the study, which found that risks are more pronounced among demographics aged between 56-60 years.
“It has been medically proven that diabetes can be controlled extensively with exercise and diet restrictions and through this current survey, we hope to address people’s awareness levels on how to control diabetes,” said Antony Jacob, CEO of Apollo Munich.
The results of the study were released to coincide with World Diabetes Day and the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, Canadian researcher and doctor who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for the use of insulin in humans.
Mexico is the country in the OECD that works on average the most, with a standard working week of 48 hours. In a move that further reflects the impact of long working hours on health, on Sep. 13 – 14, the National Consultative Commission for Health and Safety in the Workplace (COCONASST) updated its Table of Work-Related Diseases and Appraisal of Permanent Disabilities for the first time in 46 years, adding mental illnesses such as stress to its list.
Mexico has significant rates of diabetic sufferers and is facing a true crisis as shrinking government budgets struggle to cope with rising patient numbers and costs.
In 2016 diabetes was responsible for 14 percent of deaths in Mexico, according to a 2016 WHO report, more than all cancers combined, which were responsible for deaths in 12 percent of the population. This breaks down to 23,100 males and 22,000 females aged 30-69 and 17,600 males and 24,300 females over the age of 70.
In 1980, diabetes was responsible for only around 7 percent of deaths in Mexico and this proportion has consistently risen year on year.
The condition also negatively impacts the general economy, as suffering workers take increasing time off work to manage their disease. They must also seek treatment for some its most terrible effects, such as the loss of a limb or glaucoma.
On World Diabetes Day, health authorities remind the public to maintain healthy lifestyles and perform regular health checkups.