Health Benefits

November Is National Diabetes Month

National Diabetes Month is observed every November so individuals, health care professionals, organizations, and communities across the country can bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans.

Diabetes is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation. It also leads to more sick days and less productivity. According to the American Diabetes Association, for every 1,000 individuals:

  • 120 have diabetes
  • 34 of them are undiagnosed
  • 370 have prediabetes

The Good News Is, Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Prevented

It isn’t as hard as you might think. Losing just 7% of your body weight (which translates to 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) and exercising moderately (like brisk walking) five days a week can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58%. Lifestyle changes also can prevent or delay diabetes complications. Studies show that keeping blood glucose, blood pressure, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels close to normal can help prevent or delay these problems.

To find out if you’re at risk, answer the questions on this diabetes at-risk test.

Did You Know All CalPERS Health Plans Offer a Diabetes Prevention Program?

The diabetes prevention program (DPP) is offered at no cost to eligible members.

CalPERS’ DPP is designed to slow and prevent type 2 diabetes among CalPERS members who have prediabetes—a condition in which a person’s blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not yet high enough for the individual to be considered diabetic.

Program benefits include:

  • Improved nutrition
  • Increased physical activity
  • Motivation to sustain behavior changes
  • Peer support
  • Stress management

3 Easy Steps to Participate

Step 1: Get tested.
Step 2: Confirm your eligibility.
Step 3: Enroll in the program.

Take care of your health today. Find out if you meet the eligibility criteria and more details about how to enroll in the program by visiting the Diabetes Prevention Program page on the CalPERS website.