Population health concept

Diabetes is a growing epidemic taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country. The disease is estimated to cost U.S. employers $327 billion per year for medical care, absenteeism and lost productivity and is projected to increase to $622 billion by 2030.

Alarmingly, approximately 96 million American adults have prediabetes and more than 80% don’t even know they have it and are at risk for health issues like cardiovascular disease which can lead to additional medical costs.

Given these consequences it’s confounding that more employers are not concerned about prediabetes and taking measures to prevent people from getting type 2 diabetes and the myriad of resulting health concerns. A recent employer survey from the nonprofit Midwest Business Group on Health asked if they screened for prediabetes. Unfortunately, 44% of employers say they did not.

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