Ready for a shocking statistic? More than half of California adults (55%), including one out of every three young adults, have either prediabetes — a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes — or type 2 diabetes. That’s a whopping 15.5 million adults in the Golden State alone, according to a 2016 UCLA study.
Countrywide, more than 86 million people currently have prediabetes, and many have no idea they’re at risk for developing a disease that will leave them dependent on insulin for the rest of their lives.
We created the Yes Health all-mobile diabetes prevention program to address this growing epidemic. So far, our coaches have supported thousands of people in making long-lasting, healthy changes to their eating and exercise habits. But we knew we needed to do something to reach even more people. And fast! That’s why we’ve partnered with Solera Health to help us put our CDC-recognized diabetes prevention tools into the hands of millions. How? By making the Yes Health program a covered medical benefit, available free to eligible members. See if you qualify right now by taking this one-minute quiz.
Everyone likes to get something for free, right? But free stuff that keeps you healthy and saves you money? Even better. Qualifying for a year of Yes Health at no cost to you means you’ll have the resources and support you need to stay diabetes-free —and helps you have fun doing it. When you qualify, you’ll receive a free digital scale and Fitbit activity tracker, which you can connect directly to our app. (No more manually entering your weight and fitness minutes!)
According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), the annual associated health costs of a person with type 2 diabetes are $7,300. This means proactive employers and health plans that work to prevent type 2 diabetes by offering their employees and members prevention tools like Yes Health can benefit from huge savings.
The Yes Heath mobile diabetes prevention model offers our members one-on-one, in-the-moment nutrition and fitness coaching and tracking all from the convenience of their smartphone. Members snap and share photos of each meal using our popular photo food journaling feature to get real-time, personalized nutrition tips so they can make healthy adjustments on the fly. The ongoing support and advice from our coaching team helps members try out and stick to new healthy habits that eventually become part of their daily lives.
Making Yes Health free to at-risk people across the United States who qualify means we are helping to keep our country’s population healthier, longer. And this immediately translates into lower health care costs for consumers, providers and companies. We believe prevention is the best tool to fight diabetes. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll join us on the path to better health.