HealthDay News — According to a study published in Population Health Management, participation in lifestyle modifications such as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is associated with economic benefit for individuals with prediabetes.

Tamkeen Khan, PhD, from the American Medical Association in Chicago, and colleagues used individual-level claims data to identify adults with prediabetes, track whether they developed diabetes, and compare medical expenditures for those with or without newly diagnosed diabetes. 

The authors examined the impact of reducing diabetes risk by participation in an evidence-based lifestyle change program on medical care expenditures and return on investment (ROI).

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The researchers found that those who developed diabetes had annual expenditures that were nearly one-third higher in subsequent years relative to those who did not transition from prediabetes to diabetes, with an average difference of $2671 per year.

The three-year ROI from participation in the National DPP was estimated to be as high as 42% at that cost differential.

“The results show the importance and economic benefits of participation in lifestyle intervention programs to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes,” the authors write.


Khan T, Tsipas S and Wozniak G. “Medical Care Expenditures For Individuals With Prediabetes: The Potential Cost Savings In Reducing The Risk Of Developing Diabetes”. Population Health Management. 2017. doi: 10.1089/pop.2016.0134 [Epub ahead of print]

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