UnitedHealth Group Survey Reveals Americans Know Type 2 Diabetes is Largely
Preventable, Suggests Country is Ready for Action
National Diabetes Month provides opportunity to help turn the tide against
diabetes by helping expand enrollment in award-winning evidence-based program
to prevent the disease
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- November 08, 2012
A majority of Americans recognize the threat diabetes poses to the nation’s
health and have a solid understanding about the disease and its consequences,
according to a new survey from UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH).
November is National Diabetes Month – an opportunity for people to turn
awareness into action and play a part in helping to tackle the epidemic, which
is taking a toll on the health and financial well-being of individuals,
families, communities, businesses and the nation’s health system.
UnitedHealth Group’s national survey, conducted via telephone with more than
1,000 U.S. adults age 18 and older, found that:
*92 percent of respondents know there is a difference between type 1 and
type 2 diabetes;
*82 percent recognize that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable;
*73 percent believe they will not necessarily get diabetes just because it
runs in their family;
*60 percent know the definition of the term “prediabetes”;
*84 percent are familiar with leading diabetes risk factors including:
being overweight (80 percent), a family history of diabetes (76 percent),
lack of exercise (74 percent), high blood pressure (59 percent), high
cholesterol (58 percent), and being age 45 or older (48 percent); and
*85 percent have had their blood sugar level tested and know the result.
Complete survey results can be found here
“People are taking notice that we face a public health crisis in the form of
obesity, prediabetes and diabetes, so the opportunity now exists to turn
awareness into actions like eating healthier, increasing physical activity,
being tested for risk factors or joining prevention programs,” said Deneen
Vojta, M.D., senior vice president of UnitedHealth Group and chief clinical
officer of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA). “Our national
conversation around the diabetes epidemic has entered a new era; it’s time
national actions do the same.”
To learn more about what Americans have to say about the threat diabetes poses
to the nation’s health, visit: www.unitedhealthgroup.com/diabetes.
Reversing a Preventable Epidemic
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are
about 26 million American adults with diabetes. More than 90 percent of them
suffer from type 2 diabetes, the often preventable form of the disease.
Currently about 35 percent of the U.S. adult population has prediabetes,
putting 79 million Americans at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization research shows that more
than half of all Americans will have diabetes or prediabetes by the end of
“By 2021, about 40 million American adults will have diabetes and another 100
million will be diagnosed with prediabetes – at a cost of $3.5 trillion over
the next decade,” said Tom Beauregard, executive vice president of
UnitedHealth Group and executive director of the UnitedHealth Center for
Health Reform & Modernization. “Given these figures, it’s clear there is a
diabetes time bomb ticking in America, due in large part to the escalating
obesity rates in our country. Practical steps can be taken, however, to defuse
this time bomb.”
Solid evidence has shown that early and aggressive intervention can reverse
the disease’s course for people with prediabetes and reduce its devastating
impact on people already diagnosed. Lifestyle changes and a 5- to 7-percent
weight reduction can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58
percent in people with prediabetes.
The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA) is an employer- and
community-based initiative aimed at tipping the scales against the epidemic of
type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and obesity. The DPCA was launched in April 2010
through a partnership with UnitedHealth Group and the Y of the USA. It has
since expanded to include Albertsons, Cub Pharmacy, Kroger, Rite Aid, Safeway,
Shop n Save and Winn-Dixie.
One or both DPCA core programs, the Diabetes Prevention Program and the
Diabetes Control Program, are available at no out-of-pocket cost to
participants enrolled in employer-provided health insurance plans in select
markets through UnitedHealthcare and Medica, They are:
*The Diabetes Prevention Program, which is an innovative lifestyle coaching
program conducted in a group setting through the Y that helps people with
prediabetes and who are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes
prevent or delay the onset of the disease through healthy eating,
increased physical activity, and other lifestyle changes. It is a
year-long program with 16 weekly sessions and then monthly follow-up. The
program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and
*The Diabetes Control Program, which offers private, one-on-one
consultation with pharmacists who provide education and support to help
people with diabetes better control their condition and reduce the risk of
developing complications from diabetes.
The DPCA programs are based on studies funded by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), CDC and other federal agencies.Since the launch of the DPCA,
its two signature programs have expanded to reach more than 7.8 million
To learn more about diabetes and resources offered by UnitedHealth Group
visit: www.unitedhealthgroup.com/diabetes and www.uhcdiabetes.com.
The national telephone poll was conducted Sept. 14-17, 2012, by ORC
International using its CARAVAN omnibus services on behalf of UnitedHealth
Group. The national sample included 1,007 adults (503 men and 504 women), 18
years of age and older, and living in the continental United States. 657
interviews were from the landline sample, and 350 interviews from the cell
phone sample. Margin of error was +/- 2 percentage points for the total
national sample of 2,012 and +/- 3 percentage points for the qualified
national sample of 1,007 at a 95-percent confidence level.
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company
dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work
better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a
broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms:
UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services;
and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services.
Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people
worldwide. For more information visit UnitedHealth Group at
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