Metabolic Syndrome Program
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors, including waist circumference, triglycerides, glucose and blood pressure that together place people at high risk for developing a host of debilitating illnesses. Metabolic syndrome places your employees' health and wellness at risk and has severe financial impacts.
An employee with Metabolic Syndrome can incur $626 in medical expenses per month, compared to an employee without this condition who can generally incur $367 in medical expenses per month1. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) members identified with Metabolic Syndrome have spent, on average, $1,091 as compared to $282 for members without this condition in annual pharmacy costs2.
BCBSNM offers a 10-week series of on-site or online classes led by health coaches to help address Metabolic Syndrome. The workshops are designed to encourage permanent behavior changes such as portion control, hunger cues and incorporating exercise into everyday life.
One of BCBSNM's clients 2009-2010 program results3 show that after two 10-week session periods:
- There was a 36 percent decrease in the number of participants considered at-risk for Metabolic Syndrome
- Participants saw an average weight loss of 14 pounds
- 36 percent of medication usage was reduced or eliminated
Log in to Blue Access for EmployersSM and visit the Health and Wellness tab within the Employer Resources section, or contact your Blue Cross and Blue Shield representative to find out more about how the Metabolic Syndrome program could be adding value to your group's health care insurance plan.
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1 Source: Metabolic Syndrome and Employer Sponsored Medical Benefits: An Actuarial Study, Kathryn Fitch R.N., Med, Bruce Pyenson, FSA, MAAA, KosukeIwasaki, FIAJ, MAAA, Milliman, New York, NY, September 2007.
2 Source: Prime Therapeutics, LLC, 2009. Includes Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas members.
3 Source: HCSC client data, 2009-2010 Metabolic Syndrome program results, 85 members identified as at-risk and program participants.