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.  

Download our 2017 Diabetes Month press release.

Infographics & Social Media

Type 2 Diabetes at a Glance - NKFM Infographic
Diabetes and Your Heart - 2016 NDEP Infographic
Act Today to Change Tomorrow - 2016 IDF Infographic

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.


  • 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 October 24, on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. & 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Where: Bethel Church, Zeeland
Other: For more information, call 616-458-9520

What: Diabetes Prevention Program
When: Begins October 26, on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m.
Where: **Iglesia Nueva Adventista, Wyoming
Other: For more information, call 616-458-9520
**This workshop will be instructed in Spanish

What: Diabetes – PATH Workshop
When: Begins October 31, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Greenfield Presbyterian Church, Berkley
Cost: Free
Other: To register call Health Connect: 1-866-501-3627

What: Diabetes Prevention Program
When: Begins November 2, on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Middleville United Methodist Church, Middleville
Other: For more information, call 616-458-9520

What: Michigan Diabetes Awareness Month Event
When: Thursday, November 2, from 9:30-10:00am
Where: The State Capital - Speakers Library, Room H252, Lansing
Cost: Free

What: Diabetes Prevention Program
When: Begins November 7, on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: **La Nueva Esperanza Iglesia, Grand Rapids
Other: For more information, call 616-458-9520
**This workshop will be instructed in Spanish