Benefits | Diabetes Interventions

Health benefits for type 2 diabetes prevention and control1-3

Employee health benefits are part of an overall compensation package and affect an employee’s willingness to seek preventive services and clinical care.

Including coverage of blood glucose screening at regular intervals in preventive health examinations allows early detection of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Special clinical programs for managing diabetes care improve health outcomes

  • The Guide to Community Preventive Services recommends diabetes management programs, and case management of diabetic patients: Disease Management Programs to Improve Diabetes Careexternal icon and Case Management Interventions to Improve Glycemic Control in Diabetesexternal icon
  • For individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes, disease management programs are recommended to improve diabetes care. Disease management is an organized, proactive, multicomponent approach to health care delivery for specific diseases such as diabetes. Disease management programs involve tracking and monitoring individuals with diabetes by a coordinated care team to prevent complications and the development of comorbid conditions such as cardiovascular disease
  • The plan should take into account several factors such as the patient’s age, school or work schedule and conditions, physical activity, eating patterns, social situation and personality, cultural factors, and presence of complications

Offer regular free or low cost on-site screening, counseling, and follow-up for type 2 diabetes in adults with high blood pressure (i.e., hypertension)

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found that people at risk for cardiovascular disease benefit most from diabetes screening. Screening people with high blood pressure (i.e., hypertension) for type 2 diabetes allows the disease to be diagnosed and treated before it causes certain complications
References

1.  Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Adults, June 2008. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. [cited 2008 Nov 17]. Available from: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsdiab.htmexternal icon.

2.  American Diabetes Association. Standards for Medical Care 2008. Diabetes Care. 2008; 31(Suppl 1):S12-S54.

3.  AACE Diabetes Mellitus Clinical Practice Guidelines Task Force. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists medical guidelines for clinical practice for the management of diabetes mellitus. Endocr Pract. 2007;13(Suppl 1): 1-68.