Mississippi State Department of Health

Diabetes Prevention and Control


Diabetes is a disease with serious health consequences, but it is also controllable and preventable. About 1 in 7 Mississippians are living with diabetes, placing the state in the top five nationally for diabetes rates.

Diabetes is deadly. Diabetes accounted for 1,083 deaths in Mississippi in 2016. In addition, many more Mississippians live with the complications of type 2 diabetes, including lower extremity amputations, end stage renal disease, blindness, loss of protective sensation, heart disease and premature death.

Diabetes is an economic burden. The state suffers an estimated burden of $10,400 for each Mississippian diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes-related charges to the state's Medicaid program alone are close to $1 billion each year.

Diabetes is preventable. Learn more below about your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and the small steps you can take to delay or prevent the disease and live a longer, healthier life.

About Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is an incurable disease that affects the way the body uses food. Diabetes causes glucose levels in the blood to be too high. Normally, during digestion the body changes sugars, starches, and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Glucose is carried to the body's cells and, with the help of insulin (a hormone), is converted into energy. In healthy people, blood glucose levels are kept within normal ranges by proper insulin function.

People develop type 2 diabetes because the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not use insulin properly. As a result, the amount of sugar in the blood increases, while the cells are starved of energy. Over time, high blood sugar damages nerves and blood vessels, leading to complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, nerve problems, gum infections, and amputation.

Diabetes Can Be Prevented

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that moderate diet and exercise that results in 5 to 7 percent weight loss can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes.


Pre-diabetes simply means that one is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If your blood sugar level is higher than normal but lower than the diabetes range, then you have pre-diabetes. The good news is you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes and even return to normal blood sugar levels. With modest weight loss and moderate physical activity, you can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. Learn more

In this video, people with pre-diabetes talk about how the CDC's group lifestyle change classes helped them learn and keep healthy habits.

Managing Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you can take steps to manage it. One of our self-management training programs can provide skills to help keep you as healthy as possible.

MSDH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

The MSDH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program works to prevent diabetes in the state, and to reduce the lifestyle and other factors that contribute to diabetes. The program creates partnerships for diabetes education, prevention and management. The details are in our state Diabetes Action Plan.

State Employee Testing

The MSDH Office of Preventive Health offers A1C screenings for state employees at Mississippi state agency events? Find out more


MSDH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: 601-206-1559

Links referenced on this page
Read about the symptoms of diabetes    http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/
Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi    https://diabetescoalition-ms.org/
More diabetes resources    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,86,html ok
National Diabetes Prevention Program    https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/
Find out if you're at risk for developing type 2 diabetes    http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/
More on preventing Type 2 diabetes    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,9136,296,html ok
Learn more    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes.htm
View video on YouTube    https://youtu.be/mRVZ9lkubag
   http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,474,html ok
Diabetes self-management programs    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,474,html ok
Diabetes management resources from the CDC    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/index.html
More about the program and its activities    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,469,html ok
Mississippi Diabetes Action Plan    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,7612,296,pdf/Diabetes%20Action%20Plan.pdf
More diabetes resources    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,296,86,html ok
Find out more    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,7207,296,pdf/A1C_testing.pdf

Resources referenced
Mississippi Diabetes Action Plan    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,7612,296,pdf/Diabetes%20Action%20Plan.pdf ok
Find out more    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,7207,296,pdf/A1C_testing.pdf ok

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