Insurance Brokers and Consultants
Type 2 diabetes is a costly but preventable disease.
About 88 million American adults—more than 1 in 3— have prediabetes, which increases their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. More than 80% of those adults don’t know they are at risk. Employees of all ages and employers of all sizes are negatively impacted by diabetes every day.
The economic cost of diabetes is staggering. In 2017, $1 in every $4 in US health care costs was for diabetes care. The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes is $327 billion annually, including $90 billion in reduced productivity.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a proven, cost-effective, and structured lifestyle change program that can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people aged 60 and older).
By encouraging your clients to offer the National DPP as a covered benefit, you can help them:
Increase employee productivity
by reducing absenteeism and increasing engagement in preventative care
through lower health care spending and smaller premium increases
Improve employee engagement and satisfaction
by offering a program with proven health benefits
National DPP Net Savings per Participant
(Medical and Productivity Cost Savings Minus Program Costs)
NOTE: The net saving is calculated as the program savings minus program costs. The cumulative net savings at a given point in time are shown in this figure per participant. Over time, the medical cost-savings may grow to be larger than the program costs, yielding a net cost-savings. Net cost-savings are shown as green bars, while net costs are shown as gray bars. The net savings calculation is most sensitive to assumptions regarding the weight loss/regain, program costs, and medical costs.
Talk to your clients about the National DPP lifestyle change program during your annual review of benefits using the following resources:
See what employers are saying about their success with the National DPP:
“We are a large, self-funded organization, and our health claims were beginning to increase significantly. By putting into action the lifestyle change program, we saw a positive effect on our employees’ health and a cost-effective approach to reducing future medical claims. Because of the National DPP success, our health care providers requested us to expand the National DPP to our patients and the community. The program has helped us meet both our mission—to improve the health of the communities that we serve—and our business goals.”
—Diane Schuh is a supervisor of lifestyle medicine at ThedaCare. The organization serves a community health system in Wisconsin with approximately 6,800 employees.
“We have offered the lifestyle change program to Emory University and Emory Healthcare employees since 2018. The program has helped our employees reach their weight reduction, physical activity, and nutrition goals. The virtual program delivery has helped us continue to build a sense of community and mutual support among Emory employees.”
—Michael J. Staufacker, MA, is an assistant vice president of health management at Emory University, the largest employer in the metro Atlanta area.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services; 2020.Available from https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics/statistics-report.html.
American Diabetes Association. Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017. Diabetes Care 2018;41(5):917-928. Available from http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/41/5/917external icon.