Working and going to school are important parts of being an adult. It’s how we earn money to support ourselves, it’s how we stay connected with our friends, and it’s a way to be part of the community. However, diabetes can make these activities more challenging than they should be. While it may seem like your illness has no bearing on your ability to work or attend school, that isn’t always true.
How diabetes affects work productivity?
- Diabetes can make you feel ill so you may take time off work.
- Diabetes can cause fatigue and make it hard to concentrate.
- People with diabetes are more prone to depression because of the stress of managing their condition or because they don’t want to disclose their diagnosis at work. This can affect their ability to perform well in the workplace.
- If left untreated, complications from diabetes can lead to disability or even death—which could mean your employer has no choice but to let you go if they think you won’t be able to do your job anymore!
The good news is there are many methods to manage diabetes at work, so it won’t hold you back from doing what you love. Here are a few tips for staying healthy and productive:
- Make sure you have a healthy breakfast every day.
- Stay active and take regular breaks from your desk.
- Keep track of your blood sugar levels, and make sure to test before driving, operating heavy machinery, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you have low blood sugar.
- Keep your doctor in the loop. Your employer has the right to know if you have a disability that could influence your performance at work. Be sure to let them know if you’re diagnosed with diabetes or any other condition that requires special treatment or accommodations.
- Take care of yourself. Diabetes can be hard to manage, especially when working long hours and dealing with stress simultaneously. It’s really important to take care of your mental health as well as your physical one!
- Get involved. If you’re feeling lonely or isolated, join a diabetes support group or chat room to connect with others living with the disease.
Has your diabetes caused a change in your ability to go to school?
The answer to this question is a “yes.” Diabetes can cause a change in your ability to go to school. Some of the ways that diabetes can affect you are:
- Diabetes may affect your ability to do certain tasks, such as lifting heavy objects or standing for long periods.
- Diabetes may affect your ability to stay awake and alert all day.
- Diabetes may also cause concentration issues, making it difficult for you to complete tasks at school efficiently and effectively.
- Finally, diabetes can interfere with decision-making abilities by causing poor judgment under pressure, which could lead you down the wrong path when trying to complete assignments on time or finish projects at work.
- Diabetes can also cause emotional changes. You may feel depressed or anxious because of your condition, which could lead to problems with concentration and memory. These mood changes may affect your ability to function at school.
- Diabetes can cause you to feel fatigued. Fatigue is common in people with diabetes because of the extra work your body has to do to maintain blood sugar levels. This fatigue can interfere with concentration and focus, making it difficult for you to concentrate on tasks at school.
Have you been treated unfairly at work or school because of your diabetes?
It’s very important to know how diabetes can affect your ability to work or go to school. If you have been treated unfairly at work or school because of diabetes, you may want to speak with a lawyer about your legal options.
The ADA protects people with disabilities from intolerance in employment, education, and other areas of public life. Under the law, employers can’t discriminate against someone based on their disability (including diabetes) unless they can show that the person cannot perform the important functions of their job safely with reasonable accommodations.
People with diabetes who are denied accommodations at work may file complaints under Title I – Employment by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC will investigate and attempt conciliation between both parties before deciding whether or not there was discrimination based on the ADA claim submitted by the employee.
It may be difficult to see, but your diabetes can be a learning opportunity. You’ll learn that managing the disease’s hard work, but you are not alone. Diabetes affects many people around the world. Having diabetes doesn’t mean that you can’t do something amazing! It just means you have to work harder at it than others might need to do.