Obesity, health & safety:
Obesity is linked to poor physical capacity, increased risk of injury and sleep apnoea - all of which have a big impact on safety at work. It is indicated in research that obesity leads to a higher probability of falls, trips and stumbles, resulting in musculoskeletal injury. It doesn't matter if your young or old, obesity negatively impacts on balance and postural stability, increasing the risk of falls - even in relatively young individuals. Further to this, sleep apnoea increases the risk of road injuries and is strongly associated with obesity. It is one of the most common causes of sleep apnoea, however a loss of 5-10kg can be enough to dramatically reduce the severity of the disorder.
Diabetes, health & safety:
Type 2 diabetes can lead to blindness, hearing loss, fatigue and increased risk of having a heart attack. Hearing loss is twice as likely to occur in people with diabetes and 30% more likely to occur in people with pre-diabetes. Diabetes and pre-diabetes results in an increased risk of blurred vision, black spots and holes in vision. Fatigue is reported twice as often among diabetics than their non-diabetic colleagues. Controlling the high blood sugar levels that characterise type 2 diabetes can reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke or death as a result of heart disease by 57%.
Stress, health & safety:
Did you know that stress changes the way your blood clots, making a heart attack more likely? Employees who report being the most stressed are 60% more likely to have other chronic health risks. Plus, for every preventable health risk an employee exhibits, their productivity declines an average 2%.