The Seriously Outrageous Cost of Prediabetes

and what you can do to avoid paying it!

If you could save $9,600 this year, would you do it?

What if you could save $100,000 over the next 10 years? Would that be worth some effort? Even just a little?

I’ll be honest, for me, that’s pretty darn motivating. I mean, who doesn’t want to have an extra $10,000 in their pocket every year? There are so many things you could do with that kind of money. For many people, that’s a life-changing amount of money.

But for people who have prediabetes, that can be a life-saving amount of money.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, your healthcare provider probably explained that the likelihood of it progressing to diabetes is extremely high. In fact, some studies show that up to 70 percent will go on to develop type 2 diabetes.

Your doctor may have also informed you that diabetes has no cure. Once prediabetes has progressed to diabetes, your only choice is to manage the symptoms and associated diseases. That can be both disheartening and over the long-term, overwhelming.​

The goal of diabetes management is to avoid or reduce the possible complications that may come along with type 2 diabetes when glucose levels remain outside of the target range. Many don’t realize that the prolonged high blood sugars, caused by diabetes, increase your risk of heart disease and stroke according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When these glucose levels in your blood remain high for those long periods of time, they can also put you at risk for more familiar complications like kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, and even depression.

Now when you consider all of that, it really should be enough to motivate us to make some simple lifestyle changes.

But hey, human beings don’t always make the best choices when it comes to health and wellness. Because, well…because we’re only human, right? And it’s hard to make changes like ordering the salad, but passing on the buttery breadsticks. Especially when you might feel perfectly normal!

Okay, all that’s well and good, but let’s start talking dollars and cents here. Or maybe I mean dollars and sense! Because if there’s one thing that can light a fire under us, it’s money. So if you want to keep all that hard-earned money and spend it on amazing things like vacations to the Caribbean, a beautiful condo in Boca for your retirement, or your child’s college education, then diabetes is not a disease you want to encourage!

The outrageous monetary cost of prediabetes

In a report published in 2017 by the journal Diabetes Care, it was announced that diabetes had become the most expensive chronic disease in the U.S. And guess what? Those costs continue to rise year after year.

In addition, we’ve all seen the news coverage about the ever increasing cost of insulin. One particular study concluded that the average price of insulin rose nearly 300% from 2002 to 2013. The skyrocketing cost of this life-saving medication (and many other related medications) is forcing many people to gamble with their health when there isn’t enough money to buy “extras” like insulin.

So what does this all mean to you as someone who “only” has prediabetes?

That’s actually a great question. Because you don’t have diabetes… yet. But that probably won’t last forever. Which means now is the time to get serious about actively managing and treating your prediabetes!

Because when I asked you in the beginning if you would be interested in saving $10,000 a year or $100,000 over 10 years, I wasn’t just making up some impressive-sounding numbers.

That’s what it’s costing people who weren’t diagnosed at all or who weren’t diagnosed in time to make any of the lifestyle changes that could stop or slow down the progression of their prediabetes.

That’s what it’s costing people who, for whatever reason, aren’t taking action. Who are among the many who ignore their prediabetes diagnosis simply because they feel perfectly healthy. Or, they feel hopeless because they’re afraid nothing can be done that would change anything.

The Cost of PrediabetesThat’s the cost – the hefty price  – you could be paying if your prediabetes makes that sharp left turn and advances to the next level. A level of the most expensive chronic disease ever.

What would you be willing to do if you could change all that?

What if all it took was a handful of tiny changes? Small choices to do something a little bit different today?

What if that was all it took to avoid getting type 2 diabetes? Or, at the very least to postpone that progression for as long as possible? Remember, every year you can fight for is an extra $10,000 in your pocket. It’s an extra year of better health – physically, mentally, and certainly financially.

I’ll even go one better for you. Get ready for this one…

What if you could make small changes now that would not only reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes but might actually reverse your prediabetes completely?

What’s the cost of those tiny changes now? They seem like one heck of a bargain when you think about it that way, don’t they?

The U.S. has 84 million reasons to take prediabetes more seriously

We’re doing pretty well here, so let’s keep talking numbers, okay?

The average person has no idea that 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes. If you’re over the age of 65, that figure jumps to 1 in 2! But what’s even worse is that 90% of those individuals don’t even know they have prediabetes.

Why is that bad?

Well, if you don’t know you have prediabetes, you aren’t going to be doing anything to prevent it from becoming type 2 diabetes.

This has a real and dangerous impact on almost every family in the United States. Consider this, if you have a family with 6 people in it, basic math tells us it’s likely at least 2 of them have prediabetes. Think about that right now in your own family. Who has it? Is it your mom, your dad, your daughter, or son, or spouse?

And don’t forget, it’s even more likely they don’t even know they have it! Which means when we’re talking about the cost of prediabetes, we’re actually talking about you, or someone close to you. Someone you know and love.

When you think about it in those close terms, you can begin to see why many consider this is a national epidemic. Over 84 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes. 84 million!

To put that into perspective, that’s roughly the same amount of people who own a pet! It’s one-third of the U.S. population. 84 million people are shouldering the healthcare burden, the emotional burden, and the very real everyday cost of the prediabetes burden.

If that doesn’t scare you a bit, I don’t know what will. Because as a diabetes educator and a healthcare professional, it chills me to the bone when I think about the sheer numbers of people who are affected and about the even greater numbers of friends and family who are also impacted by this disease.

Membership in this club really does have its privileges…

If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes then head right out and buy a lottery ticket pronto! Because you, my friend are a very lucky individual!

You’re a member of the 10% group. Think about it. If 90% – that’s roughly 75 million Americans – don’t even know they have prediabetes. That only leaves 10% who do. Welcome to the club. Unfortunately we’re a pretty exclusive bunch.

Oh! And did you know that I am a member of the club too? And I always will be because I am doing everything I can not to get type 2 diabetes. I know from professional experience, type 2 can be managed – it just takes way more effort. But I’ll tell you my story another time…

Just like you may have heard before, being a member of this club has its privileges. As a “card-carrying” member of The Lucky 10%, you have an opportunity that millions of Americans don’t.

Quizzical TheresaYou have the opportunity to take decisive and informed action.

You have an opportunity to make your own choices when it comes to lifestyle changes that will positively impact your prediabetes condition.

9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t get those opportunities. They won’t get to make those choices before it’s too late.

But you do.

So what are you gonna do about it?

Exercise your freedom to choose

I can almost hear you right now. “This is all well and good Theresa, but what the heck CAN I do to save all that money and reverse my prediabetes? What changes do I have to make to avoid getting diabetes for as long as possible?”

Great questions!

Let me start by saying that everybody is different. Every *body* is different. But for many decades the medical community has identified a few almost universal habit changes or behaviors that can help you reverse your prediabetes or postpone the onset of type 2 diabetes.

So let’s shake things up a bit and stop talking money and start talking action. Are you ready?

Pick something to change today:

Shake your booty

Dance, walk, swim, clean, take the stairs

Shake off some weight

Losing just 5%-7% of your body weight can make a measurable difference

Shake up your eating habits

Eat more veggies and fruits, eat real food, use smaller plates

Shake hands with your doctor

See your doctor regularly and discuss your concerns

Shake down your sleep habits

Prioritize rest so you can make the better choices and enjoy them

Shake off your apathy

Commit to making small lasting changes instead of just letting things happen

If you start with just a few of the suggestions above, you’ll see a big difference over the long-term. You may even see a difference in the short-term. Especially if you haven’t seen your doctor recently (or in this decade!) or you’ve been slacking on a good night’s sleep.

What I really want to tell you is that you don’t have to completely overhaul your entire life. In fact, I strongly recommend that you don’t do that. Studies have shown that in order to adopt long-lasting habit changes, those changes should be small and easily integrated into how you already live. The smaller, the better in some cases.

So I want to challenge you.

What is one small change from the shake ups above that you can commit to making today?

Can you commit to a daily walk? Replacing a sugary snack with a piece of fruit each day? Going to bed 30 minutes earlier? What change can you make starting today?

Why is this important?

Because when you make an active choice to change one tiny habit today,  you’ll have taken the first step to kicking your prediabetes to the curb. You’ll have taken your diagnosis of prediabetes and transformed it. From a slippery slope destined for diabetes into a beautiful path to wellness. And you’ll be saving a ton of money in the process. Let’s not forget that!

So will you take the challenge and make a tiny change today?

I sincerely hope you do. Because it’s not over the top to say that your life might depend on it. We already know your wallet will.

In the meantime, explore the blog here at for some great information on prediabetes and how to take the steps you need to live the healthiest, happiest life you can.

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