A major research paper has looked at many studies that evaluated the cost-effectiveness of diabetes prevention programs. Researchers at the CDC and the HealthPartners Foundation in Minnesota reviewed 28 published studies and concluded that programs such as the National Diabetes Prevention Program reduced long-term expenditures by delaying or preventing Type 2 diabetes for people at risk for it.
QuikTrip, the Greater Tulsa YMCA, Oklahoma State Department of Health and WellOK have collaborated to create the first employer-sponsored program in our area. Now in its third month, this program is showing good results.
The annual cost of diabetes medications per person with diabetes (in 2012 US dollars) is $1423. Prevention programs cost about $429. Factoring in other costs for diabetes, employers can make a solid economic case for sponsoring these programs.