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    Diabetes, Prediabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease

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    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 

    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.

    Michigan Diabetes Reports

    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 Programs

    DSMET logo Diabetes 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 began in 2005 as one of five state programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT). Through the Michigan Diabetes Prevention Program, public health programs have been created with community partners to address prediabetes and the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes.

    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

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