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Diabetes, WellLiving and "An Ounce of Prevention"

06/30/17

  10:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 242 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Diabetes, Preventive care

Diabetes, WellLiving and "An Ounce of Prevention"

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With nearly 10 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes, it's imperative that the individuals take the proper steps to control the disease if they have it, and prevent it if they don't. By introducing MedBen WellLiving to a group health care program, employers can better address the diabetes epidemic.

Between 1996 and 2013, diabetes spending grew 36 times faster than spending on heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death. Moreover, 86 million adults have prediabetes ‒ and 30% of them will develop diabetes within five years without intervention.

MedBen WellLiving enables employers to follow the adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The primary prevention program encourages annual wellness exams, which allows the employee's family doctor to detect possible symptoms of prediabetes as early as possible. In the initial year of the program, claims activity may reflect this rise in doctor visits... but our experience shows that short-term spending increases are typically offset by a reduction in high-cost care for complications associated with diabetes, such as heart attack and stroke.

For those at higher risk of developing diabetes, WellLiving also offers specialty care. RN Health Consultants can offer customized counseling and confidential disease monitoring to plan members who wish to take sensible measures to better control their health.

In addition to diabetes, WellLiving offers preventive and specialty care programs for a variety of chronic conditions, including hypertension, high cholesterol, and asthma. Contact Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com to learn more.

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