What is Prediabetes?

  • Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Those with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes (100-125mg/dl).

How can prediabetes impact employee health, and employer costs?

  • Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
  • The average life expectancy of someone with type 2 diabetes is 65, which is 10 years less than a healthy individual.
  • Employees with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical costs about 2.3 times higher than what costs would be if they did not have diabetes.

What is the magnitude of the problem?

  • According to 2014 aggregate HRA data, 21% of FABOH members or more than 1 out of every 5 employees has this condition.
  • 86 million Americans currently have prediabetes.
  • According to the CDC, only 7% of those with prediabetes are aware they have the condition.

FABOH's recommended steps to assist member companies in addressing this condition at their worksite:

  • Increase overall employee awareness of the condition and its impact on employee health and cost.
    • Tool: FABOH's professionally designed awareness materials. (Six different messages, 4 separate formats available to simply print and distribute).
  • Provide the opportunity for health screening (HRA) to all members to help them identify their own personal risk.
  • Targeted communication from Agnesian to members in the prediabetic glucose range (100-125mg/dl) with a listing of successful intervention options (Diabetes Prevention Program) available to them as well as a recommendation to connect with their personal physician regarding their condition
    • Tool: Targeted Letters sent from Agnesian, funded by FABOH
  • Promote and incentivize employee participation in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) (DPP participants in the lifestyle management group reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58%)