Prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes should be considered a major concern for the American workforce. The health and quality of life of millions of Americans can end up costing employers and insurers billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and medical expenses. In fact, a person with diabetes spends on average $13,700 annually in medical expenses – that’s 2.3 times higher than a person without diabetes! On the other hand, the annual cost of a lifestyle change program can range from $150 – $500, depending on the location. Employers and businesses can help make lifestyle change programs available at low, or no cost to their employees by offering them as a covered health benefit. The National DPP supports lifestyle changes that result in improved population health outcomes.
But what does that mean for your business? It means managing your health care costs by reducing claims related to prediabetes, diabetes, and associated risk factors. The program helps prevent chronic diseases, which is the greatest contributor to rising health care costs!