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Study: diabetic neuropathy costs billions per year in lost work time

Public release date: 5-Oct-2007

DANVILLE, PA. – Workers who have diabetes with neuropathic symptoms such as numbness or tingling in feet or hands lose the equivalent of 1.4 hours a week or $3.65 billion per year in health-related lost productive time, a recent study finds

Geisinger Center for Health Research investigators looked at 19,075 working adults, including 1,003 who were diagnosed with diabetes. Of these workers, 38% reported diabetes-related numbness or tingling in their feet or hands

Those with diabetes were about twice more likely than those without diabetes to be unemployed.

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