20 May HOW THE “I FEEL FINE” SYNDROME IS COSTING YOU MILLIONS – PART 2
In the last blog we examined the fact that during the early phases of disease development we don’t feel symptoms. Despite this, the disease is developing in our body and we can discover and cure it, but over 80% of us don’t take action.
So why don’t we do it? Why do 8 out of 10 of us put off these simple tests and condemn ourselves to years, or decades of pain and suffering?
Asked another way, why would a rational human being who is busy and challenged keeping up with obligations to family, employer, friends and social groups, stop what they are doing to:
- go spend their time sitting on hold trying to make an appointment,
- take time off from work – usually unpaid or using personal time,
- take off their clothes and have a stranger probe their body, stick a needle in them,
- go to another facility to have their body squished (mammogram) or a tube inserted (colonoscopy),
- spend time worrying and waiting for results, and then,
- often pay their hard earned money for additional tests or procedures that often turn out to be “nothing.”
This on top of the fact that this person has awoken for forty or more years and not discovered a problem, they don’t feel any different now, and frankly they really could not afford emotionally and financially if a problem was discovered.
Hard to imagine, isn’t it? Looked at from this perspective, one does wonder how we ever get anyone to get these tests done! To get people to overcome the “I Feel Fine” Syndrome, an effort to simplify and support employees’ acting effectively must occur.
The wonderful news is that it is happening. One company required their employees to have a biometric screening done and discovered that nearly a third of their employees were not only overweight or obese, but they had metabolic syndrome. Heart disease and diabetes were at the top of the list for health costs and their healthcare spend was rapidly increasing every year. They decided to actively engage in primary prevention with an aggressive metabolic syndrome program. Three years later heart disease and diabetes were costing them literally millions of dollars less and had fallen down on the list of causes of pain, suffering, disability, and death for their employees.
“Our costs were going up rapidly and difficult economic times created a very real challenge to our company. Our advisors were recommending that we change directions and become more proactive and aggressive with our health benefits by doing biometric testing and taking other steps that would mean more cost and a change in our culture towards wellness. The decision we made was to bet on the future health of our team members and not short measures to control cost.”
— Cary Evert, President Hilti North America
To learn more about their journey, request a copy of The Seven Numbers and read the introduction by Cary Every, President of Hilti North America.
In the next blog we will examine the issues companies are addressing to help overcome the “I Feel Fine” Syndrome.