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Diabetes Prevention in Michigan

Map of Michigan showing diabetes coverage areas.
At the Michigan Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, we work with partners across the state to educate and inform the public and health care providers about the facts on diabetes prevention and provide links to resources.

The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services developed a five-year Diabetes Improvement Plan in collaboration with partners who represent many facets of diabetes experience, care, and advocacy. It reflects the priorities expressed by these partners, and our commitment to Michigan residents with diabetes.


In the plan that follows, the DPCP outlines three priority areas and their goals: State Leadership, Diabetes Prevention, and Diabetes Management. Many of the strategies we will use to address these goals highlight health equity. The impact of diabetes varies greatly between communities, and ensuring that increased resources are directed to those with greatest needs can reduce diabetes disparities and improve population health for Michigan residents.

For more information, contact Tamah Gustafson at

What is prediabetes? Who is at high risk?

Prediabetes is a condition where people have a blood glucose level slightly higher than normal, but not yet considered diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented! Research shows that people with prediabetes and those at high risk could significantly reduce their risk of diabetes by making modest lifestyle changes–lose 5-7% body weight and be physically active at least 150 minutes a week (at least 5 days, 30 minutes of moderate physical activity).

Just making these changes for life, goes a long way to lower risk of diabetes. Some other risk factors for diabetes are: being over overweight or obese, not physically active, older than 45 years, having family history or a history of gestational diabetes.

Learn your risk by taking this simple test (pdf) or take the test online at

A Change for Life Video

A Change for Life

What is the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)?

The good news is that people with prediabetes may delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and possibly return their blood glucose levels to normal by participating in a national program called the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). This evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes is being offered in Michigan communities.

  • It can help people cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight-that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person.
  • These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes.
  • Participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually 1 per week) and 6 post-core sessions (1 per month).