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 2021 Diabetes Month Press Release.




Infographics & Social Media

NKFM National Diabetes Month Infographic
National Diabetes Month 2021: NIDDK Poster
El Personal de enfermeria marca la diferencia: póster de WDD- en espanol
Access to Diabetes Care: If not now, when? - WDD poster
Póster de WDD- en espanol

Key messages for discussing Diabetes Month with partners and communities: NDEP Diabetes Month Key Messages

Visit our Facebook for tips on managing and preventing diabetes all throughout the month of November. 


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.



  • In 2016, one in 10 Michigan adults 18 years and older were diagnosed with diabetes – 870,000 people.
  • 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.
  • In 2016, diabetes was ranked the seventh leading cause of death in Michigan.
  • 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. 




Visit to view a list of our upcoming Diabetes Prevention Program information sessions. 


Diabetes PATH Upcoming Virtual Workshops

Wednesdays at 6:00-8:00pm
Info Session: October 6
Sessions 1-6: October 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17
To register contact 800-633-7377 or visit

Tuesdays at 10:00am-12:00pm
Info Session: October 26
Sessions 1-6: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 20; December 7
To register contact 800-633-7377 or visit