1 in 3 Americans Has Prediabetes – Do You?

May 29, 2019

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition characterized by elevated blood sugar levels which puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.  When diagnosed early, prediabetes can often be reversed. Click here to take the one-minute prediabetes risk test.

How can prediabetes be reversed?

Losing a small amount of weight (5-7% of your body weight) and getting regular physical activity (30 minutes a day) can help reverse prediabetes and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes.  The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a lifestyle-change program that has been shown to successfully help people make these changes and reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes.

What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)?

The National DPP is a year-long, evidence-based program led by a lifestyle coach. Participants learn strategies to make sustainable lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The program focuses on: group support, healthy eating strategies, stress reduction, increased physical activity, and losing 5-7% of body weight.

What can employers do?

Diabetes is one of the top 10 most costly physical health conditions for employers. It impacts direct medical costs, absenteeism, presenteeism (present, but not productive), and short-term disability. According to the American Public Health Association, for every $1 spent on prevention of chronic conditions, $5.60 is saved in health spending.

Employers can:

  1. Refer employees to local National DPP providers. Find locations HERE
  2. Offer National DPP as a covered wellness benefit or talk to your health insurance carrier(s) about covering National DPP as a covered health benefit. Learn more about coverage HERE
  3. Offer National DPP onsite to your employees. Find resources HERE

The Utah Health Values Study found that the largest barriers for individuals to engage in healthy behaviors are time and conve­nience. Offering National DPP at your worksite can help eliminate these barriers for your employees!

Want more information?

Learn more about National DPP

Learn about the burden of diabetes in Utah

To find more about the National DPP in Utah

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