What is Diabetes?

  • 1 in 10 has diabetes. Be 1 who doesn't.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.

    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.

    Learn How to Manage 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.

    Learn How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

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 www.nkfm.org.

Michigan Programs

  • Diabetes Self-Management Education Certification Program

    DSME logoTo increase availability and improve the quality of diabetes self-management education, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 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.
    Four Critical Times for Self-Management Education

  • Diabetes Prevention Program

    michigan diabetes prevention network logoMichigan'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.

  • Michigan Partners on the PATH

    PATH logoPATH (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 McCloskeyK@michigan.gov.

  • Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program

    nutrition physical activity and obesity program logoThe 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 MDHHS Diabetes Prevention and 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