Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases account for 70 percent of all deaths in the United States each year and are a leading cause of disability. Nearly 1 in 10 Americans suffers major limitations in daily living due to chronic disease. Asthma, Alzheimer’s, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are a few examples of different chronic diseases affecting many Michigan families. Sometimes these conditions have a known pattern of inheritance, and result from a gene that is passed from generation to generation in a family. Often there is no specific inheritance pattern involving a single identified gene, but a strong family history may suggest an increased risk. The resources below contain information on a variety of chronic diseases, treatment options and healthy habits to reduce the risk of developing a chronic disease. For additional resources on a specific chronic disease, search our Resource Database.

Highlighted Resources

MDHHS Vital Statistics

Michigan statistics developed from the collection of vital records ranging from events such as births, deaths, marriages and divorces.

Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The MiBRFSS is composed of annual, state-level telephone surveys of Michigan residents. These surveys are the only source of state-specific, population-based estimates of the prevalence of various behaviors, medical conditions and preventative health care practices among Michigan adults.

Additional Resources

Birth Defects and Genetic Conditions Resources

This virtual version of the Birth Defects Toolkit provides links to Michigan resources for families and professionals that may be helpful in caring for children with birth defects and a variety of genetic conditions.

Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity

This MDCH program promotes the prevention of heart disease and stroke by increasing physical activity and healthy eating.

Diabetes in Michigan Resources

The Michigan Diabetes Outreach Network has a wide variety of Michigan resources from education modules, resource guides, to schedules of community events and educational handouts. Independent study modules provide free continuing education credits for nurses and dietitians.

Links for Diabetes and Pregnancy

Resources with information on handling diabetes before, after and during pregnancy to help prevent birth defects and poor birth outcomes that can be associated with diabetes.

Links for Healthy Habits and Food Tips

Resources for teenagers to help them form healthy habits from eating and exercise to relationships and pregnancy planning.

MDHHS Family History and Your Health Fact Card

This fact card from MDHHS promotes the sharing of your health history with your healthcare provider and family to help prevent chronic illness.

Michigan Burden of Cardiovascular Disease Reports and Fact Sheets

A compilation of reports and fact sheets related to sudden cardiac death of the young, heart disease and stroke in Michigan from the MDHHS Cardiovascular program.

Michigan Diabetes Prevention Program

Information on diabetes prevention in Michigan, specifically type 2 diabetes and prediabetes and other public health programs that support this initiative.

Prepare. Plan. Prevent. A resource toolkit to help prepare teens with diabetes for their childbearing years.

A resource from the Michigan Department of Community Health Birth Defects Prevention Program to help health care providers start the conversation early about diabetes control.

Teens and Diabetes Links for Parents

Resources for parents to aid caring for their child with diabetes.

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