Is your organization serious about putting a dent in diabetes — one of the top five costliest health conditions in the U.S.? If so, you need every tool at your disposal to prevent or delay the disease.
A recent Nurses’ Health Study involving 139,909 women found that type 2 diabetes increased the risk for moderate or worse hearing loss. Furthermore, the risk was higher for participants who had long duration diabetes.
These findings are consistent with earlier studies, including one funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which found that hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease. In addition, the NIH study concluded that adults with pre-diabetes had a 30% higher rate of hearing loss versus those with normal blood sugar.
As the evidence of a diabetes-hearing loss connection continues to grow, the question becomes, what are the implications for health insurance companies and employers?
First, it’s clearly in the best interests of both health insurance companies and employers (and, of course, for individuals) to prevent or delay diabetes.