Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

  • Diabetes Improvement Plan 2021-2025

    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.

    Visit the Diabetes and COVID-19 page to learn how coronavirus can affect people with diabetes.

  • Diabetes Standards of Care

    Diabetes Standards of Care

    Did you know each year the American Diabetes Association updates the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes every year?  This 200+ page document provides primary care providers with current recommendations for care.  Here are two highlights:

    Testing for diabetes or prediabetes should be considered for the following people even when there are no symptoms

    • Adults with who have a BMI over 25 (23 if Asian American) and one or more of the following.  What is my BMI? (link to this page- Calculate Your BMI - Standard BMI Calculator (nih.gov))
      • Immediate family member with diabetes
      • High-risk race/ethnicity (e.g. African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander)
      • History of heart disease
      • High blood pressure
      • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome
      • Those getting little physical activity
    • People with prediabetes should be tested yearly
    • Women who had gestational diabetes should have lifelong testing at least every 3 years
    • Those with HIV
    • All people regardless of criteria should begin annual testing at age 45.

    Highly recommended vaccines for adults living with diabetes

    Hepatitis B:  For those under 60 years old;  If over 60 talk with your doctor.

    Human Papilloma Virus (HPV):  For those 26 years old and younger.  If 27-45 years old talk with your doctor.

    Influenza:  All people with diabetes should receive annually; talk to your doctor about which flu vaccine is right for you.

    Pneumonia:  19-64 years;  talk with your doctor about which pneumonia vaccine is most appropriate for you.

    COVID-19:  Everyone in the age groups for which the vaccine is approved.

    View the ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2021

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.

    The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health & Human services present the Michigan Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention Strategy 2021-2026 (pdf). The latest plan focuses on kidney disease prevention, early detection, and management and control efforts across Michigan.

    For more information about chronic kidney disease visit the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at www.nkfm.org.

What is Diabetes?

  • be one who manages diabetesDiabetes 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?

  • 1 in 3 have prediabetes be one who doesn'tPrediabetes 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.

Michigan Programs

Mission of the MDHHS Diabetes Prevention and Control Program