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 Risk: 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.
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 each year.
For example, a typical population of 100 high-risk people might expect the following results over three years:
Research - If you are interested in reading more about the diabetes prevention program and the research behind the clinical trials, here is some more information.
Click here to view the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Fact Sheet and how the YMCA is making an impact across the United States in the prevention of Type II Diabetes.
Jackie, YMCA OF GREATER GRAND RAPIDS (Michigan)
A BIG MOVE LED TO BIG CHANGES
I lived in Texas for over 30 years with no idea of what it meant to live a “healthy” lifestyle. My doctors never talked about weight or any chang-es I could make to improve my health. So, when I moved to Michigan and my new doctor says he’s concerned about what I eat and my life-style, I was shocked. My doctor told me that I was at risk for diabetes, and then he referred me to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
I was hesitant at first because I didn’t know what to expect, but the whole thing was great. It was a lot like going to school. I liked learning about portions, nutrition, and things I had never thought about before. Now, when I think about how I never used to eat any fruits or veggies, I shake my head. I lost over 15 percent of my body weight. I eat healthy and I walk a lot. This time, when I saw my doctor, he was shocked.
Steve, YMCA OF DELAWARE
A LETTER FROM STEVE
The following excerpt is from Steve, a past participant in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program in Delaware. Here’s what he had to say…
Tricia, YMCA OF GREATER DAYTON (Ohio)
MY COMPANY LEAD ME TO A HEALTHIER LIFE
When I read a feature about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program in my employer’s newsletter, I had no idea I was destined to be one of its success stories. Prior to reading about the program, I never thought about diabetes. However, I was concerned about my weight and this realization led me to my company’s employee site to take the diabetes risk quiz. I was in fact at risk for diabetes.
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