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?

  • Prediabetes puts a person at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.
  • Without intervention, many people with prediabetes could develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Type 2 diabetes puts individuals at risk of serious health problems, including:
    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Blindness
    • Kidney failure
    • Loss of toes, feet, or legs
  • 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 2018 aggregate HRA data, 24% of FABOH members or almost 1 out of every 4 employees has this condition.
  • 84.1 million Americans currently have prediabetes.
  • According to the CDC, only 10% 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. (Contact Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to access these resources).
  • 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 a lifestyle management program specializing in increasing activity and losing weight.