Diabetes: Part of the Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program

Diabetes in Wisconsin

Diabetes is a costly, complex, and devastating chronic illness that poses a major public health problem. Approximately 356,000 adults and 6,500 children and adolescents in Wisconsin have been diagnosed with diabetes.1,2,3 It is estimated that an additional 138,000 have diabetes but are undiagnosed.4 Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Wisconsin, incurring an estimated $3.9 billion annually in health care and lost productivity costs.5 Each year, more than 1,300 Wisconsin residents die from diabetes and many more suffer disabling complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and amputations.6 This burden is higher among minority populations. Much of the health and economic burden of diabetes can be averted through known prevention measures.

Four out of Ten People

Nearly 4 out of 10 Wisconsin adults has prediabetes. Modest behavior changes can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people who have prediabetes.

SOURCE: National Diabetes Statistics Report, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014.


2 out of 5 droplets

2 out of 5 Wisconsin adults are expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Diabetes causes high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels that can lead to serious health problems.

SOURCE: The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, 2014.

Diabetes and the Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program

The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program (CDPP) works with health systems, health care providers, insurers, and professional organizations across the state to support a healthier Wisconsin by improving the prevention and management of diabetes. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDPP manages several projects to enhance coordinated systems of care, promote clinical best practices, and support patient self-care and health literacy.

Current diabetes projects include:

  • Increasing use of diabetes self-management programs and chronic disease self-management programs in community settings.
  • Increasing use of lifestyle intervention programs in community settings for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes.
  • Increasing use of health-care extenders such as community health workers and pharmacists to support self-management of high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Implementing policies, processes, and protocols in schools to meet the management and care needs of students with chronic conditions.

Resources by Setting

Learn about the impact health plans, community programs, and worksite wellness programs can make on managing or preventing diabetes.

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Health Plans

Discover how health plans in Wisconsin are working together to improve care for and prevention of prevalent chronic diseases and their common risk factors.

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Community-Based Programs

Evidence-based programs in your community can teach you how to prevent or manage diabetes.

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Worksite Wellness

There are many diabetes-related resources available to enrich an employee's physical, mental, emotional, and occupational well-being.

Additional Resources


1Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2014.
2National Survey of Children’s Health, 2011-2012 Survey.
3Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health, 2014 Population Module.
4Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States, 2014. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2014.
5American Diabetes Association. Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012. Diabetes Care 2013 Apr; 36(4):1033-46.
6Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health, Mortality Module (Cause of Death: Diabetes Mellitus).

Last Revised: January 9, 2018