What is prediabetes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years. What’s more is that nearly 90% of individuals with prediabetes are unaware they have the condition. If prediabetes is identified, it can be reversed through lifestyle changes.
Why focus on prediabetes?
According to the American Diabetes Association®, the economic burden of diabetes and prediabetes in the United States is over $327 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year.
Healthcare costs for those with diabetes are 2.3x greater than those without diabetes.
Biometric screenings can identify employees with prediabetes, to help prevent a type 2 diabetes diagnosis while also significantly reducing healthcare spending.
Let’s break it down. Indirect costs of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes include:
- $5 billion per year in diabetes-related absenteeism
- $20.8 billion per year in reduced productivity while at work
- $21.6 billion per year in inability to work due to a disease-related disability
- $18.5 billion per year in lost productive capacity due to early mortality
Identify with HbA1c
The value in the HbA1c test is that it gives participants an idea of their blood glucose levels over a 2- to 3-month span, which may assist in identifying prediabetes and type 2 diabetes more than a fasting glucose measurement, which only determines blood glucose levels at the instant the specimen is obtained.
Connect to care with PHIS
Physician Health Information Sessions (PHIS) give participants the chance to ask questions about out-of-range glucose and HbA1c results, as well as find an in-network provider for disease management.
Intervene with a DPP
If caught early through screening, prediabetes is reversible through lifestyle changes. Omada Health is a CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) which, when paired with biometric screenings, yields results.