Why Your Organization Needs a Diabetes Prevention Program
July 28, 2020 / Corporate Wellness
Odds are, someone you know and love is living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a global health issue that is negatively impacting the physical health, mental health and financial health of individuals around the world, and the coronavirus pandemic has shown us just how dangerous this condition can be. Diabetics who contracted COVID-19 were 3x more likely to end up in the hospital and experience worse clinical outcomes. With the uncertainty surrounding the future of COVID-19 and how long it will persist, something must be done to address this chronic condition—the health and safety of over 463 million adults depends on it.
Learn more about the true impact diabetes is having on individuals and organizations around the world. Download our infographic “Diabetes: The World View.”
In the U.S. alone, over 88 million adults (34.5%) are living with prediabetes putting them at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in five years if left unmanaged. And the cost of care for both diabetic individuals and employers alike is staggering—the direct costs associated with care in 2017 exceeded $237 billion with an additional $90 billion attributed to lost productivity. Considering that the cost of care between 2007 and 2012 increased by 41% in just five years, the annual cost of managing this chronic condition is expected to grow.
Employers are in a unique position to make a positive impact on the health of their at-risk and affected employees. Even with a dispersed workforce, organizations can engage and empower their employees to take on healthy habits and make long-term lifestyle changes by utilizing digital health tools like employee wellbeing programs and diabetes prevention programs.