Employees say a personalizeddiabetes management program, would make them more confident atwork, less stressed, more productive and less likely to leave thecompany.

Diabetes is one of the most expensive diseases affecting U.S.employers, yet many workers try to keep it a secret, according to aRoche Diabetes Care survey of 500 U.S. adultswith the disease.

Indeed, 40 percent of the workers polled say they keep theirdisease hidden from their bosses and co-workers–half are concernedthey will be judged differently from their peers and a third worryit may hinder their chances of being promoted.

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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.