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New Study Shows Morbidly Obese Workforce Has Higher Prevalence of 100+ Diseases and Conditions
Date:4/29/2009

li>Hypertension (42% vs. 12%)
  • Hyperlipidemia (32% vs. 13%)
  • Diabetes with or without complications (29% vs. 7%)
  • Intervertebral disc disorders (27% vs. 14%)
  • Osteoarthritis (13% vs. 2.5%)
  • Asthma (11% vs. 4%)

  • Those who had bariatric surgery in the group of employees who had morbid obesity saw significant drops in 26 out of 106 AHRQ specific diseases within two to four months after surgery as compared to the two to four month period before surgery. Prevalence of conditions before and after surgery included:

    • Hypertension (20% vs. 13%)
    • Hyperlipidemia (12% vs. 6%)
    • Diabetes with or without complications (17% vs. 9%)
    • Intervertebral disc disorders (12% vs. 6%)
    • Osteoarthritis (8% vs. 4%)
    • Asthma (7% vs. 2%)

    Two to four months after surgery, bariatric surgery patients had higher prevalence rates of 10 AHRQ specific diseases and conditions normally associated with surgery as compared to the two to four month period before surgery, including:

    • Surgical/medical care complications (1% vs. 12%)
    • Nutritional deficiencies (0.1% vs. 10%)
    • Anemia (2% vs. 7%)
    • Nausea and vomiting (1% vs. 5%)

    Study Methodology

    This retrospective study was conducted by Human Capital Management Services, Inc. on the Human Capital Management Services Research Reference Database, the group's proprietary database of employee health insurance, absence, payroll and productivity data from 2001 to 2008. For the study, each employee was required to have at least 12 months of health plan enrollment. The database contained 1,651 employees with morbid obesity and 3
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