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People cutouts with stethoscope Whether planning a return to the workplace or extending work from home policies, companies have a new opportunity to foster a supportive environment for employees with diabetes. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employers and their benefits manager teams have had a lot to tackle throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a challenging few months. As businesses begin to open up, assessing the best ways to support employees is a priority. For employees with diabetes, there are additional considerations to keep top of mind.

With diabetes rates rising, this chronic condition is a significant issue for employers. In 2018, 34.2 million Americans (10.5% of the population) had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and 88 million Americans age 18 and older had pre-diabetes. Since then, the numbers have continued to rise. Diabetes-related costs have also increased, and today diabetes is one of the most expensive diseases affecting U.S. employers.

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