New effort aims to prevent Type 2 diabetes in Michigan

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It’s estimated that more than two million Michigan residents live with prediabetes, and 90 percent are not aware they have it.

Two organizations are working together to increase awareness and screenings for the disease.

The condition is often a precursor to Type 2 diabetes, which is adult onset, and often caused by a poor diet. Prediabetes can be reversed, but if it becomes Type 2 diabetes, it is more difficult to reverse.

The American Medical Association and Michigan State Medical Society are now working on a joint effort to increase the number of screenings for prediabetes — in an effort to prevent new cases of Type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Patrice Harris is with the AMA.

“We want to increase this awareness in both the physician community and other health care providers as well as the patient community.”

She said the effort in Michigan is part of a nationwide campaign.

“The more people that know that they are at risk for Type 2 diabetes and then act on that risk, by participating in prove diabetes prevention programs, that will in the long term reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.”

Harris said the campaign will also reach out to health care providers to teach them better screening tactics.