National Diabetes Month

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November is National Diabetes Month!

The NKFM is recognizing November as National Diabetes Month to help educate people about diabetes, help those at risk to get checked and take action, and help those who have diabetes to manage it.  

Click here to see our 2019 Diabetes Month Press Release.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared November 2019 as Diabetes Awareness Month. To honor the Governor's proclamation and those living with diabetes, the Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition (DPAC), of which NKFM is a partner, has created Voices of Michigan. This short video highlights DPAC advocacy partners, people living with type 1 or 2 diabetes and family members impacted by the disease reading Governor Whitmer's Proclamation. The goal is to increase awareness of the diabetes and prediabetes burden in Michigan and advocate for best practice guidelines. 


Facts and Stats

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. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.

Risk Factors

  • Lack of exercise
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Unhealthy eating
  • History of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
  • Race/Ethnicity - African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 diabetes.



  • Approximately 799,350 people in Michigan, or 10.4% of the population, have diabetes.
  • Of these, an estimated 259,000 have diabetes but don’t know it, greatly increasing their health risk.
  • In addition, 2,741,000 people in Michigan, 37% of the adult population, have prediabetes with blood glucose levels higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • Every year an estimated 57,000 people in Michigan are diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Diabetes causes 44% of kidney failure cases in Michigan.
  • 70% of kidney failure caused by diabetes and/or high blood pressure could have been prevented or delayed. 
  • Diabetes costs an estimated $10.5 billion in Michigan each year. Serious complications include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness and death.


  • 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
  • Approximately 30 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 95% have type 2 diabetes.
  • An estimated 1 in 11 Americans have diabetes. 
  • One in three kids born in 2000 will develop diabetes.
  • African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans are at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease from diabetes, therefore good blood sugar control and overall diabetes management is extremely important. 



Workshops, Events, & Meetings

Events & happenings hosted by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) & our partners
*Note: All events and activities listed below are FREE to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the suggested contact phone # or email address.

What: Diabetes Prevention Program
When: Begins November 12, on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m.
Where: Flint YMCA
Other: For more information, visit

What: Diabetes PATH
When: November 5, on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Greenfield Presbyterian, Berkley
Other: For more information, call 248-849-5724

What: Diabetes PATH
When: November 7, on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Providence Medical Center, South Lyon
Other: For more information, call 248-849-5724