LANSING, MI. (LMTV) – Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and Michigan, and to highlight the importance of preventing and managing diabetes, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed November 2020 as Diabetes Awareness Month in Michigan.
This month is dedicated to people across the state living with diabetes, prediabetes, and people taking care of loved ones managing these conditions.
Managing and preventing diabetes is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, since people living with diabetes are at a greater risk for COVID-19 complications.
Approximately 870,000 Michigan adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and more than 2.7 million adults across the state are estimated to have prediabetes.
People of color, people living in poverty, and people with a disability are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, largely due to less access to health care and other programs and services.
Michiganders are encouraged to learn more about managing and preventing diabetes at Michigan.gov/Diabetes.