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Diabetes, Prediabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease

What is Diabetes?

family walking Diabetes mellitus is a long-term condition where the body either no longer makes a hormone called insulin or the insulin that is made no longer works as well as it should. Either way, high levels of glucose (a form of sugar) build in the blood. High glucose levels cause damage to eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. Diabetes increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

For this reason, diabetes is the primary cause of new cases of adult blindness, kidney failure, and non-traumatic lower-limb amputation. Over a million Michigan adults have diabetes.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes is a condition where people have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing diabetes. In Michigan, it is estimated over 2.6 million adults have prediabetes.

For more information about diabetes or prediabetes visit the National Diabetes Education Program.

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the result of long-term damage to the kidneys usually caused by chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension. More than 900,000 Michigan adults suffer from chronic kidney disease.

For more information about chronic kidney disease visit the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at

Michigan Programs

DSMET logoDiabetes Self-Management Education Certification Program
To increase availability and improve the quality of diabetes self-management education, the Michigan Department of Community Health, Certification Program has developed review criteria based on national standards. The Certification Program staff provide consultation services related to the standards and certification process. Programs that meet criteria and are certified are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.

michigan diabetes prevention network logo Diabetes Prevention Program
Michigan's Diabetes Prevention Program collaborates strategically to increase the delivery of evidence-based prevention messaging and programs such as the National Diabetes Prevention Program to high risk populations to reduce diabetes risk. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes and is offered in many Michigan communities through delivery organizations.

PATH logo Michigan Partners on the PATH
PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is a chronic disease self-management program that helps participants build the skills they need for the day-to-day management of a chronic disease. PATH is a six-week workshop and covers topics including healthy eating, relaxation techniques, problem solving and communication skills.

For more information, please contact Karen McCloskey at

nutrition physical activity and obesity program logo Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program
The Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity program presents fact sheets about behavioral and risk factor indicators of Michigan adults with diabetes, prediabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure.

Mission of the MDCH Diabetes and Prevention Control Program: To establish and implement prevention strategies to reduce the morbidity and mortality due to diabetes and its complications among Michigan residents.

For questions, data requests or more information about the Michigan Diabetes Prevention and Control Program call 517-335-8853. 

Staff of the Diabetes and Other Chronic Disease Section

Michigan Diabetes Reports

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