Employers and insurers continue to look for ways to help their employees and insurance members improve their health and well-being.

On average, 1 in 3 employees or members may have prediabetes, which, if left untreated, can progress to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is one of the top medical expenditures for employers and insurers; it also contributes to reduced productivity, missed work days, and places a toll on patients and their families. The average employer can spend an additional $2,700 on average per employee for each of the subsequent 3 years after a new type 2 diabetes diagnoses1.

The good news: Research shows that participation in an evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Programs (National DPP) recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60%2. The National DPP teaches participants how to make sustainable, real-life changes.

Employers and Insurers can help Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act – Today™ by:

  • Ensuring company health fair and wellness partners are testing for prediabetes
  • Offering the National DPP as a covered benefit for employees and members and helping them locate a local diabetes prevention program 

Begin the conversation within your organization about covering the National DPP. Use the diabetes prevention cost savings calculator to determine the potential cost savings for your population.

Additional Resources:

If you have questions or would like more information, email iho-info@ama-assn.org. 

1 American Medical Association.  2009-2012 individual level data from the Truven Health MarketScan® Lab Database - a 4.4 million subsample of the Truven Health MarketScan® Treatment Pathways. MarketScan is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics Inc.

2 Knowler WC, Barrett-Connor E, Fowler SE, et al. Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle intervention or metformin. N Engl J Med. 2002;346(6):393-403.

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