THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF DIABETES ON THE WORKFORCE IS STAGGERING
The Facts: In 2012, the American Diabetes Association reported that the total medical costs and lost work and wages for people diagnosed with diabetes is $245 billion.
Direct medical costs come to $176 billion and indirect costs, such as disability, loss of productivity and premature death, equal $69 billion.
These costs rose from $174 billion in 2007.
The Diabetes Risk1:
These costs could easily grow because 1 out of 4 Americans do not know they have the disease and 9 out of 10 have no idea they are at risk for the disease.
- 29.1 million Americans suffer from diabetes: 21 million are diagnosed and 8.1 million are undiagnosed.
- Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, but 90% of them don’t know it.
- Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
- Risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes
Is it possible that some of your employees are unaware they may be at risk for diabetes?
Yes, it’s possible. And it’s a big reason why we are so encouraged to introduce the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to your organization.
HOW YMCA’S DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM MAY HELP
When your organization participates in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, your local Y becomes your partner to get your employees the help they need.
Led by a trained Lifestyle Coach, 8 to 15 employee participants will meet over the course of a year. Participants attend 19 sessions delivered weekly and every other week for six months, then go on to attend monthly sessions for 6 months.
Employees can attend class at your worksite or any convenient community location.
During small-group meetings, your at-risk employees will follow a CDC-approved curriculum where they will:
- Have the potential to attend class at your worksite or any convenient community location.
- Participate in a hands-on program and learn about portion sizes, how to read food labels and more.
- Learn to make gradual, healthy and reasonable changes to their food choices and physical activity levels over time.
- Receive support from other members as they break old habits and develop new ones.
The main goals of the program are:
- Reduce body weight by 7%
- Increase physical by 150 minutes per week
DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAMS
ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Facts: Peer-reviewed scientific research shows that lifestyle intervention programs like the
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by
58% and by 71% in people over 60.2
For example, for a typical population of 100 high-risk people, the following results might
be expected over three years:
- 15 new cases of type 2 diabetes may be prevented.
- 162 lost work days may be prevented.
- 11 people may avoid the need for blood pressure or cholesterol drugs.
- 20 years good health may be added.
- $91,400 in diabetes related health care costs may be avoided.
THE YMCA’S DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
Empower your employees who are at risk for diabetes with this engaging yearlong program, led by a trained Lifestyle Coach. With a curriculum approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this program will help motivate your employees to make healthier food choices and increase their physical activity levels to help reduce their risk for diabetes.
Who qualifies? To participate in the program, your employees must be:
- At least 18 years old
- Overweight (BMI ≥ 25)*, AND diagnosed with prediabetes via a blood test or gestational diabetes†;
- If a blood test is not available, a qualifying risk score. Click here to see if you are at risk.
A Y MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED THOUGH ONE MAY BE OFFERED TO PARTICIPANTS AT NO CHARGE
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program uses a CDC-approved curriculum
and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.
For more information, call or email today:
Tracey Burns, Director of Healthy Lifestyles
Direct Phone: 469-276-8442