Over 10% of Michigan's adult population (about 758,300 people) has been diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus (DM). This figure does not include the approximate 250,000 people who are thought to have diabetes but currently remain undiagnosed. While diabetes does not discriminate, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) reports that it disproportionately affects African American and Hispanic adults.
Diabetes gives rise to a number of health implications and serious consequences. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) indicates that individuals diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to experience increased hospitalizations, cardiovascular disease, strokes, and diabetic retinopathy, among other adverse consequences. The CDC estimates the total direct and indirect cost of diabetes in 2007 was $174 billion, and that dollar figure continues to rise as diabetes prevalence also continues to rise. Many of the costs and complications of diabetes can be prevented through the promotion of preventive health services and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Michigan Primary Care Association is working with MDCH, local partners, and Michigan Health Centers to promote diabetes prevention and maintenance to ensure a healthier Michigan.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes, working in partnership with their support network and health care providers, can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.
Types of Diabetes
Many forms of diabetes exist. The three common types are:
Criteria for the Diagnosis of Diabetes
Why is it Important to Know About Diabetes?
Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Diabetes Resources you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page, or you may search the Diabetes Resources webpage.
Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH