Insurance Brokers and Consultants

Type 2 diabetes is a costly but preventable disease.

About 96 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:

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Increase employee productivity

by reducing absenteeism and increasing engagement in preventative care

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Manage costs

through lower health care spending and smaller premium increases

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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)
Cumulative Net Savings Graph. The first four years of the program may be a net cost for the employer. Starting year five, the program may produce net savings, which will increase over time. Y axis: Cumulative net savings per participant. X axis: Years. Year 5: $29. Y6: $109. Y7: $189: Y8: $269. Y9: $349. Y10: $430

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:


Use this template to introduce the concept of the National DPP, including cost benefit ratio to your clients.
Send this flyer to your clients in advance of your annual review to help them understand how they can save money by offering the National DPP lifestyle change program.
Input a client’s data to customize an infographic with the savings offered by the National DPP lifestyle change program.
Send this website link to employers that want additional resources.

See what employers are saying about their success with the National DPP:

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“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.

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“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, 2022. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services; 2022.

American Diabetes Association. Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017. Diabetes Care 2018;41(5):917-928. Available from icon.

Page last reviewed: December 23, 2021