Employees with diabetes are not automatically more tired due to a combination of work and illness. However, Dutch researcher Iris Weijman found that employees with diabetes who have several chronic conditions and those who experience inconvenience from their illness do have a higher risk of fatigue.
Employees with diabetes become tired more frequently because their energy balance is more easily disrupted. Due to the double burden of illness and work, researchers expected that employees with diabetes would have a higher risk of experiencing symptoms of fatigue. Weijman demonstrated that this assumption was not correct.
In a favourable environment, people with diabetes can be valuable employees. The results from Weijmans research will help to improve the supervision of employees with diabetes by professionals in the health care and employment sectors, such as internists, occupational physicians and reintegration advisers.
Dr Iris Weijman | alfa
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