How the Right Diabetes Management Program Can Improve the Lives of Your Employees and Save You Thousands
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Without proper management, it can lead to severe complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and nerve damage. Additionally, the toll that stress can take can become a significant point of anxiety and, in some cases, eventually lead to depression.
For employers, diabetes can lead to costly payments. For example, employers spend $5,000 a year for a member with pre-diabetes, $10,000 per member with diabetes with no complications, and $30,000 for an employee with diabetes complications.
While it’s essential to have a corporate wellness program, make sure your chosen program offers a solution to help people manage their diabetes. Look for programs that offer health coaching and education, lifestyle modifications, and medication management.
What does a successful diabetes management program look like? Read about our case studies below about the diabetes management program at Orthus and Wellworks For You. These case studies are intended to provide results-driven data and confidence in a program that has worked repeatedly. Each case study referenced throughout this article is in connection to a real-life participant that has agreed to share their results and successes.
The Impact of Health Coaching and Diabetes Education
Unsurprisingly, education has proven to be a crucial component of diabetes management. People with diabetes need to understand the importance of monitoring their blood sugar levels, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.
What Case Study #4 Found:
A case study done on an Orthus Diabetes Management participant found that upon receiving diabetes education and coaching and implementing necessary changes, the participant lost 97 pounds and normalized her cholesterol levels.
Lifestyle modifications are another essential part of diabetes management. This can include changes to diet, exercise, and stress management. However, many individuals living with diabetes do not know where to start or what they should be modifying. The Diabetes management program helps people make these changes by providing direction, resources, and support.
What Case Study #5 Found:
Another case study done on a different Orthus Diabetes Management participant found that the lifestyle changes directed by the participant’s Orthus Health Coach led to:
- A stress score that decreased by 20 points.
- Glucose decreased by 15 mg/dl.
- Decreased A1C into a normal range for the first time in 8 years.
Medication management, the final component, is critical to diabetes management. Many individuals living with diabetes require medication to help manage their condition. The Orthus Diabetes Management program aids participants in understanding the importance of taking their medication as prescribed and supports them in managing their medicines effectively.
For some individuals, properly managing their diabetes and maintaining lifestyle changes has led to being able to discontinue diabetes medication use.
What Case Study #3 Found:
One Orthus Diabetes Management participant eventually removed their insulin dependence – leading to an average of $90/month savings on out-of-pocket expenses, for approximately $1,080 per year.
Overall, the Orthus Diabetes Management Program has changed the lives of countless people living with diabetes and has saved employers thousands of dollars by preventing unnecessary complications. These changes have been implemented through education, support, and resources to help participants manage their condition effectively.
Curious about the participant experience? Read for yourself:
“I will continue with this program because I see and feel a difference in my health. I started just by watching and monitoring my health and quickly realized that hard work pays off. The bonus has been losing significant weight and feeling better about myself. My goal for this year is to continue getting healthier and being active.” – Participant from Case Study #4
“My outlook has changed for the better. Initially, I felt my diabetes was a burden. However, since enrolling in the program and working with my coach, I now feel empowered & have the confidence to manage my diabetes.”
- Participant from Case Study #3
“My coach took the time to hear me and understand the challenges that I was experiencing. I did not feel judged or held to an unachievable standard. I appreciate the individualized approach to my coaching calls. I am treated with respect and understanding. I now appreciate that while I cannot change my genetics, I can learn how to improve my eating and exercise habits.” – Participant from Case Study #6
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