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Diabetes Resources in Washtenaw County

Diabetes is a group of diseases in which the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin is impaired resulting in high blood glucose levels. It is typically a lifelong disease that can result in serious, sometimes life-threatening, complications.  You can learn more about diabetes by visiting the website of the American Diabetes Association.  

In the state of Michigan, 10% of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and that number is growing. Additionally, there are an estimated 250,200 adults in Michigan who have diabetes but don’t know it. 6.4% of Michigan adults have pre-diabetes making them particularly susceptible to progression to diabetes.  In Washtenaw County, diabetes affects approximately 8.1% of residents. 

Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. Risk factors for the disease include obesity, inactivity, a family history of type 2 diabetes, and older age. While many factors play a role in determining your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, steps can be taken to delay it or prevent it entirely. 

Lifestyle changes are a mainstay of any diabetes prevention plan. Exercise, dietary changes, and weight reduction are the three major components of a lifestyle intervention. If you already have type 2 diabetes, the same practices can help you to better manage the disease.

Take the following test to help estimate your risk of developing diabetes.

Prediabetes Screening Widget

If your risk of having pre-diabetes is high it is important to take action now. The first step is to make an appointment with your doctor for definitive testing, counseling, and possible medical treatment.

Click the links below to learn more about programs that can help you to live a healthier lifestyle and protect yourself against diabetes.


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

The diabetes prevention program at the YMCA is a year-long program for pre-diabetics only that is designed to help individuals eat healthier, exercise more, and lose weight. To qualify a person must have a BMI of 25 or greater and either a physician diagnosis of pre-diabetes or a risk factor for diabetes. The cost is $250 dollars for members and $325 for non-members. Scholarships are available. 


The Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (Diabetes-PATH in Michigan) was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn to better manage their diabetes and learn to deal with problems such as low blood sugar and stress. Other topics include managing symptoms, managing medications, working with health care providers, relaxation, healthy eating and meal planning, physical activity, and avoiding complications.

University of Michigan Diabetes Classes

The University of Michigan offers an adult diabetes education program that is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and certified by the Michigan Department of Community Health from June 2001. Learn about meal planning, carbohydrate counting, monitoring blood sugar, exercise, medications, stress management, and more in one of the following classes. 

    • Type 1 Class: “Intensive Management”
    • Type 2 Class: “Living with Diabetes”
    • Gestational Diabetes Class
St. Joseph Mercy Health System 

St. Joseph Mercy Health System offers a variety of classes aimed at helping diabetics better manage their condition. To find out which classes are available in your area, use their website to search for the following classes.

    • Diabetes Education 
    • Learn how to control blood sugar, eat properly and prevent complications.
    • Diabetes Sharing Group: Share with other people with diabetes.
    • HMR Weight Loss Program: Physician directed weight management program teaches new life skills that will improve weight and overall health.

Healthy Food

Farmers’ Markets 
Locate the farmer’s market nearest you. Find out which farmers’ markets accept SNAP/Bridge (food stamps), Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, Senior Project FRESH and Prescription for Health.

Prescription for Health 
The Prescription for Health Program connects patients at medical clinics to their local farmers' market.  Participants receive nutrition education and support in both the clinic setting and at farmers' markets, as well as tokens to spend on fresh produce at the markets. For more information contact Ariane Reister at or 734-544-2969. 

Senior Project Fresh/Market Fresh 
The Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH program provides low-income seniors and disabled adults with coupons to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at their local farmers' markets. For more information, contact Amanda Ng at or 734-544-2973.


  • Group Classes: Aerobics and Conditioning, Dance and NIA, Feldenkrais, Martial Ways, Pilates, Studio Cycling, Yoga, Water activities
  • Adult Team Sports: Basketball League, Futsal League (5v5 Soccer), Netball, and Volleyball
  • Recreation: Badminton Club, Fencing
MHealthy Fitness Center at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube 
MHealthy Fitness Center in Ann Arbor is a medically-based fitness center. Daily passes and three-, six- and 12-month memberships are available.
St. Joseph Mercy Health System 
St. Joseph Mercy Health System offers a variety of options to help you get active. To find out which activities are available in your area, use their website to search for the following classes.
  • Aerobic Dance: Offers a complete workout including stretching, floor work, flexibility, 30 minutes of sustained aerobic activity and cool down.  
  • Healthy Communities Walking Program: Provides motivation and support. Pedometer, walking log/journal, small rewards, and monthly support included. 
  • Runner’s Clinic: An ongoing program to assist runners in fine tuning their technique while gaining information and insight into the prevention of injuries. 
Enhance Fitness 
EnhanceFitness is a group exercise program that helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and able to maintain their independence.

Support Groups

University of Michigan Support Groups

You can gain support and understanding, trade tips and ideas, improve your diabetes self-care, and focus on issues that are important to you. Several free support groups for adults and seniors living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as those who deal with complications from diabetes are offered.

Web Resources 

American Diabetes Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Mayo Clinic

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