The indirect costs of diabetesinclude reduced productivity caused by fatigue, understaffing andreduced productivity, as well as poor morale among otherworkers.

Diabetes is definitely taking a toll on both workers and theworkplace, according to "Secrets & Solutions," a survey reportcommissioned by Roche Diabetes Care.

Opinion Research Corp. polled 201 U.S. benefits decision-makersat self-funded companies on behalf of Roche, and found that asubstantial majority (70 percent) say that "finding solutions tothe human and financial burden of diabetes in the workplace" keepsthem up at night.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.