MDCH Hosting Conference to Address Prediabetes Epidemic in Michigan

Contact: Angela Minicuci (517) 241-2112

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2013 

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program is hosting a Diabetes Prevention Conference on Oct. 22 in Ann Arbor to highlight the impact of prediabetes and diabetes risk on Michigan citizens. This day-long conference will feature national speakers that will bring attention to the prediabetes epidemic, and ask statewide partners to commit to addressing diabetes prevention in their communities.

“Diabetes in the United States over the past two decades has grown at epidemic rates. The social and fiscal impacts are staggering: diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and lower extremity amputations. Moreover, it is a leading cause of death killing more people every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined,” said David Marrero, Director of Diabetes Translational Research Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine and conference keynote speaker. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 79 million people in America have prediabetes, a condition of elevated blood sugar that often leads to type-2 diabetes within a few years. In Michigan, it is estimated more than 2.6 million adults have prediabetes. CDC also projects national efforts to prevent type-2 diabetes could save $5.7 billion in health care costs and prevent 885,000 cases of type-2 diabetes in the next 25 years.

“In 2012, diabetes cost more than $245 billion dollars. Fortunately, there is clear evidence that we can prevent type-2 diabetes by modest changes in lifestyle. This is essential if we are going to stop the devastating impact of this disease,” continued Marrero.

The Michigan Diabetes Prevention and Control Program also convenes the Michigan Diabetes Prevention Network to increase communication and knowledge of partners implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) in local communities. The National DPP is an evidence-based program which helps people with prediabetes or those at high risk make healthy lifestyle changes. By losing five to seven percent of their body weight and being physically active at least 150 minutes a week, people with prediabetes have been shown to reduce the chance of developing type-2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent.

The conference is made possible through a grant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors State Diabetes Prevention Project and in collaboration with the Michigan Public Health Institute. For more information about diabetes in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/diabetes. For more information about National DPP partners in Michigan, visit www.dpacmi.org/national-diabetes-prevention-program-in-michigan.aspx.

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