Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Diabetes and COVID-19

  • Medication Assistance during the COVID Emergency

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    During the COVID-19 pandemic drug companies are stepping up to provide relief for those already using their medication.

    • The American Diabetes Association has gathered many resources and posted them on their website at Insulinhelp.org. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology also had resources that list help by medication and can be found at Prescription Help.
    • To help locate affordable healthcare and medication visit NeedyMeds.org.
    • You can compare pricing for your medications at pharmacies nearest you by visiting GoodRx.com.
    • Other ways to save:
      • Check with your insurance to see if mail order is available. This will minimize exposure with picking up medications at the pharmacy.
      • Check with your insurance company to see if you can get a 90-day supply instead of 30-days to minimize trips out into the community.

    People with diabetes are not more likely to get COVID-19 than the general population, but individuals with diabetes do face a higher chance of experiencing serious complications if they contract COVID-19.

    Plan ahead for your insulin needs.

    • Consider using mail order if that is an option through your insurance.
    • During this state of emergency some insurers are waiving the early medication refill limits on 30-day prescriptions.  Call your insurer to find out.
    • Manufacturers are not reporting that COVID-19 is impacting access to insulin and other supplies.
    • If you need assistance or information on resources, visit InsulinHelp.org.


    Telehealth is communicating with your healthcare team using electronic devices, such as a phone, computer, or tablet. During the COVID-19 pandemic it can be a way to get care while protecting yourself from the virus. Telehealth is a covered benefit for those with Medicare and Medicaid services. Many providers including diabetes care and education specialist can use telehealth to provide care. Contact your healthcare provider to see if they can provide services this way.

    This video from the State of Hawaii explains what to expect from a telehealth visit.

Stay Healthy During Sickness or Emergency

  • These plans can help you or a loved one:

    • Plan for emergencies
    • Safely store insulin
    • Plan for sick days


    Don’t Delay, Prepare Today

    Watch a video of “how to pack your diabetes emergency kit” or download written plans (available in English and Spanish): Diabetes Emergency Plan

    Learn how to make a Patient Preparedness Plan and how to safely store your insulin.  Click on the links below to learn more:


    Diabetes Sick Day Plan

    It’s important to plan ahead for sick days before they happen. If you get sick, your blood sugar can be harder to manage.

    Prepare before getting sick:

    • Talk to your doctor about vaccines you may need
    • Keep a few weeks supply of your diabetes medications on hand
    • Keep easy to fix foods in your home:  Stay Healthy While Staying Home
    • Make-a-plan with your doctor


    If you get sick:

    • Test your blood sugar more often, about every 4 hours and keep a log for your doctor
    • If your blood sugar is too low, below 70, or you feel symptoms, treat it:  Low Blood Sugar
    • Continue to take your insulin or diabetes pills to avoid High Blood Sugar
    • Drink extra calorie-free liquids, 4-6 ounces every half-hour


    Click on the links below to learn more about managing diabetes during sick days, including COVID-19:


    Managing Sick Days. (2020, March 31). Retrieved April 23, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/flu-sick-days.html

What is Diabetes?

  • be one who manages diabetesDiabetes mellitus is a long-term condition where the body either no longer makes a hormone called insulin or the insulin that is made no longer works as well as it should. Either way, high levels of glucose (a form of sugar) build in the blood. High glucose levels cause damage to eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. Diabetes increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

    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.

    Learn How to Manage Diabetes

What is Prediabetes?

  • 1 in 3 have prediabetes be one who doesn'tPrediabetes is a condition where people have higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing diabetes. In Michigan, it is estimated over 2.6 million adults have prediabetes.

    Learn How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the result of long-term damage to the kidneys usually caused by chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension. More than 900,000 Michigan adults suffer from chronic kidney disease.

    For more information about chronic kidney disease visit the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan at www.nkfm.org.

Michigan Programs

Mission of the MDHHS Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

  • To establish and implement prevention strategies to reduce the morbidity and mortality due to diabetes and its complications among Michigan residents.

    For questions, data requests or more information about the Michigan Diabetes Prevention and Control Program contact Adrienne Davenport at 517-335-8378 or DavenportA1@michigan.gov. 

    Staff of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program