Prediabetes Population Soars, Prevention Programs Stay Unused

Although the prediabetes prevalence rate increased by 4.8 percentage points between 2010 and 2020, access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program remained limited, with only 3% of people with prediabetes participating in the program, according to a recent Health Affairs study. The researchers estimated 13.5% prevalence of diagnosed prediabetes and 30% of potentially undiagnosed prediabetes in 2020, using two national surveys.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program — an intensive 12-month, group-based, lifestyle intervention to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes — remained underused and undersupplied. Only 5% of patients diagnosed with prediabetes were referred to such a program. In general, men were more likely to be referred but less likely to participate than women.

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Jinghong Chen

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Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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