The indirect costs of diabetes include costs related to detrimental changes in activity among persons with diabetes. Commonly, these individuals must stop or decrease the amount of time that they spend in their usual activities. One example is wi th work. Persons with the complications of diabetes often have to stop working. There is a cost incurred here related to the lost productivity of that individual. These types of costs are also found for persons who die prematurely or for persons with h igher rates of absenteeism from work than the general population.