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                                                             Cary Conway
                                                             cary@conwaycommunication.com
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             New Report Reveals Diabetes a Greater Problem in Chicago
                            Than Other Communities

City has higher number of patients with diabetes and lower number of people receiving
   recommended monitoring and preventive services than other urban communities

CHICAGO – December 6, 2007 – The non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH)
announced today the release of a new report on the prevalence, costs and quality of care for
patients with Type 2 diabetes in the Chicago seven-county metropolitan area and other Illinois
and Midwest communities. The Chicago Area Diabetes Report for 2007 presents an overview of
patient demographics, utilization of clinical services and drug therapy for Type 2 Diabetes
patients and national benchmarks. This report was developed to help employers identify
opportunities to address the increasing prevalence and complications of diabetes for their
employees, dependents and retirees. Produced with assistance from sanofi-aventis, the report
is publicly available and can be accessed at MBGH’s Web site:
http://www.mbgh.org/index.php?t=initiatives/Diabetes_brief&.


“Diabetes has a significant impact on an employer’s medical and productivity costs and the
prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes is higher in the Chicago area than many other metropolitan
regions,” said Larry Boress, president of MBGH. “We hope this information serves as a call to
action for employers to assist their covered populations in the identification, diagnosis,
education, treatment and self-management of this debilitating and costly disease.”


Key report findings
      Prevalence of diabetes in Chicago is higher than the Illinois and national diabetes
       prevalence rates.
      Chicago workers (ages 18-64) account for a higher share of the Type 2 diabetes
       population than other Illinois and Midwest cities and the nation.
      Females account for a larger percentage (62 percent) of patients with Type 2 diabetes in
       Chicago area than males.
      The number of Chicago area Type 2 diabetes patients who received the recommended
       eye exams and A1c tests (a test that helps a diabetic patient determine their average
       blood glucose control for the past two to three months to understand how well their
       diabetes treatment plan is working) were each lower than those in three of the four
       Midwest cities profiled.
      Type 2 diabetes patients in Chicago have a higher percentage of complications and
       comorbidities (other health conditions that exist at the same time as the primary
       condition in the same patient such as hypertension) than diabetes patients nationally.


“Hospira chose to participate in MBGH’s Taking Control of Your Health diabetes self-
management program to help reduce the costs and improve the health of our employees with
diabetes,” said Pam Hannon, director, Benefits, Hospira. “By providing financial incentives
through waived co-pays and additional education, we believe we will have happier and healthier
employees as well as lower long-term medical and absenteeism costs for this group. Most
importantly, employee response has been overwhelmingly favorable, with more than 130
individuals enrolled in the program to date.”


Type 2 diabetes, which typically appears first in adulthood and is exacerbated by obesity and an
inactive lifestyle, produces high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the
body’s inability to use insulin efficiently. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than
17 million Americans have diabetes, with an average of 1 million new cases being diagnosed
each year in people over the age of 20. Nine out of ten of these patients have the Type 2
variety. The cost of diabetes in the US was approximately $132 billion in 2002, with $92 billion
spent on medical services. The economic loss to the US economy due to higher rates of lost
work time, disability and premature mortality associated with diabetes in the working population
was approximately $40 billion in 2002.

The data in the Chicago Area Diabetes Report for 2007 were gathered by Verispan LLC,
Yardley, Pa.

About the Midwest Business Group on Health (www.mbgh.org)
Founded in 1980, the Chicago-based Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) is one of the
nation’s leading non-profit coalitions of private and public employers. MBGH’s 85+ members
provide health benefits to over 2 million covered lives, spending more than $2.3 billion on health
care benefits on an annual basis. MBGH offers employers a variety of quality and community
initiatives, group purchasing programs health benefit educational seminars and networking
opportunities. MBGH is a member of the National Business Coalition on Health.
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