Proper education may prevent the development of type 2 diabetes
The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) urged private insurers this week to include access to educational resources as a benefit for diabetics.
Previous research has demonstrated the cost savings and health benefits of Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) to pre-diabetic patients, who are taught lifestyle management skills by a qualified healthcare professional. The program has reduced health costs by $13,000 per pregnancy in women with gestational diabetes and prevented the development of the disease in many overweight or obese pre-diabetics.
It is clear that diabetes education not only improves the health of people at risk, but generates a net savings to the healthcare system, to Medicare and to private insurance, said Deborah Fillman, president of the AADE. We are simply calling on Congress and the private sector to recognize this obvious fiscal and public health benefit.
A total of 57 million Americans have high blood glucose levels that put them at risk for type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, they will develop the condition as well as other potential complications such as cardiovascular problems and high cholesterol.
Qualified educators can give pre-diabetic individuals the information they need to prevent disease onset. This includes ways to monitor blood glucose levels, eat healthy, exercise and cope with emotional and physical challenges.