Diabetes, Prediabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body is either no longer making a hormone called insulin or the insulin that is made is not working as it should. Either way, high amounts of glucose (a form of sugar) build in the bloodstream and cause problems from damage to the eyes, kidneys, blood vessels and nerves.
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 www.nkfm.org
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.