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Michigan highlights American Diabetes Month, holds awareness event at Capitol

Wednesday, November 16, 2016  
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LANSING, Mich. – Throughout the month of November, Michigan has highlighted American Diabetes Month to raise awareness and help residents lead healthier lifestyles. In 2014, an estimated 10.4 percent of Michigan adults were diagnosed with diabetes. As part of the efforts to reduce the rate of diabetes and improve diabetes management, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is joining the Michigan Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in hosting an event this Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the Speaker’s Library, Room H252, of the State Capitol Building in Lansing, Mich.


This year’s theme for American Diabetes Month is This is Diabetes™ which salutes the 29 million Americans with diabetes and their loved ones as we raise awareness about this significant public health crisis.  The national campaign showcases real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes. The ADA invites those with diabetes, their families and caregivers to share their story on social media using #ThisIsDiabetes.


While many are familiar with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes is a serious, lesser-known condition that often leads to type 2 diabetes.  Prediabetes affects nearly 2.6 million Michigan residents. People with prediabetes have higher than normal blood glucose (sugar) levels but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. For those with prediabetes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Program can help reduce risk through modest weight loss and increased physical activity. Research shows that people at high risk for diabetes can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by losing 5-7 percent of their body weight through healthier eating and 150 minutes of physical activity a week. 


For the more than 1 million Michiganders with diabetes, diabetes self-management education (DSME) continues to be the cornerstone of treatment. DSME assists with behavior change related to healthy eating, physical activity and self-monitoring.  DSME also provides the tools that help address the serious complications of diabetes such as heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney disease. 


The Capitol event this Thursday will include a talk by Candice Lee, MSA, of the MDHHS Arthritis Program, about a family member's struggle with diabetes in a talk titled Changing a Story’s End: Stopping One Family’s Tale of Diabetes. The public is invited and welcome to attend.  For more information, contact Gary Dougherty at


For a diabetes risk test and a list of Michigan Diabetes Prevention programs, visit,5885,7-339-71550_2955_2980_3168-136877--,00.html. More information about DSME and Michigan’s more than 90 DSME programs, can be found at



Source: Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

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