Diabetes is one of the most prevalent and detrimental diseases in America. One in three adults in the United States has prediabetes and ninety percent don’t know they have it (1). Prediabetes can develop into type 2 diabetes within five years without intervention.
Individuals with Diabetes incur more than twice the medical care costs than individuals without the disease. The average person diagnosed with Diabetes has $16,750 in medical expenses each year (2). Most of these costs are due to the complications that arise from uncontrolled or unmanaged Diabetes.
Diabetes can be further complicated by comorbidities; other conditions that occur in conjunction with Diabetes. Common comorbidities include hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia (abnormal blood lipid profile), non-alcohol related fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and obesity (3).
People with Diabetes are also at an increased risk for mental health disease such as depression. Overall, in the United States, individuals diagnosed with Diabetes are about twice as likely to suffer from depression (4). Dealing with mental health challenges increases the burden of effectively managing Diabetes, leading to increased complications and costs associated with the disease (7).
A research backed, comprehensive diabetes education program can help prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, and help those with the disease to better manage their health.
Please reach out to discuss the benefits of a Diabetes Education program for your employees.
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