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Diabetes at Work

October 26, 2015 by  
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Millions of people have diabetes. Finding a balance between having a career and managing diabetes is possible with a little planning.

You don’t have to give up on a career just because you have diabetes. Your employer must make reasonable accommodations for your disability. Here are a few tips on how to streamline your blood glucose management and your career.

Never skip breakfast. As a diabetic, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast will not only help you have proper blood glucose management, but it will also ensure a higher level of performance on the job.

Make a meal plan ahead of time. Whether you are bringing snacks and meals from home or you are going to get food while you are at work, it is important that you have a plan for the day. Plan in advance what times you need to eat and what you plan to eat. Keeping a food journal handy can help you with this. If you know how your body will react to certain foods, you will be more capable of properly managing your blood glucose levels.

Feel free to ask questions. Knowing what is in your food is very important. This will help you plan how much insulin you might need and how many calories you will be consuming. If you do not want to advertise that you have diabetes, you can always ask under the guise of having an allergy or trying to lose weight.

Stay organized. Having your testing supplies and medication together will make testing and taking medication much more discreet and fast.

Tell someone about your condition. You don’t have to tell everyone that you have diabetes, but at least tell someone who works closely with you about your condition. Explain to them the warning signs of hypoglycemia and what should be done in case of an emergency. You might not always notice the warning signs yourself, so having someone who might notice can prevent an emergency from occurring.

Be prepared to discuss your diabetes with your boss. You employer is obligated to provide you with reasonable accommodations in regards to your disability. This includes allowing you breaks to test blood glucose levels, take medication, and to eat snacks or meals to ensure proper blood glucose management. If you need your employer to make an accommodation for you, it is important that you walk into the meeting with a can do attitude. Explain to them what you need, why you need it, and how having it will allow you to perform your job to the best of your abilities.

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