Today, more than nine percent of Americans are living with diabetes , a disease that is costly for those diagnosed and for our health care system as a whole. In the U.S., one in seven health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications .
Thanks to our study measuring the impact of medically tailored meals on monthly health care costs, we know that these costs go down nearly 27 percent when people with diabetes receive Project Angel Heart meals. And the cost reductions continue after meal service ends. Diabetes self-management education programs—which help participants navigate their diagnosis, manage symptoms, and prevent complications—have also proven effective at reducing health care costs for people with diabetes .