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Posted on Wed, May 9, 2012 : 9:15 a.m.

$9.8 million coming to U-M for type 2 diabetes project

By Amy Biolchini

The University of Michigan’s Center for Geospatial Medicine has been awarded a $9.8 million federal grant to study type 2 diabetes.

The center is studying populations at risk for type 2 diabetes in four under-served counties in North Carolina, Mississippi and West Virginia.

More than 3,000 proposals were submitted for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation's Health Care Innovation Award grant - 26 of which were chosen to receive $122.6 million in funding from the 2010 health care law.

The grants are intended to fund projects in communities for three years to help people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

"This will allow researchers to visualize complex relationships among the locations of diabetes patients, patterns of health care and available social resources," said Marie Lynn Miranda, dean of the U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment and director of the Center for Geospatial Medicine, in a news release. "The information will serve as the basis for intervention design, decision support and real-time monitoring of interventions."

The U-M program is working with a multi-state research team to reduce death and disability from the most common form of the disease. The center uses spatially based methods for analyzing environmental threats to communities.

U-M's Center for Geospatial Medicine is partnering with the Durham County Health Department, Cabarrus Health Alliance, Mississippi Public Health Institute, Marshall University and Mingo County Health Department.

The program will train about 88 health care workers and create about 31 jobs in the study area. Local care teams will be deployed to provide in-home care to reduce hospital and emergency room admissions.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter @amywrites_.



Thu, May 10, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

Food-and-Spirituality : We will be spending millions of health care dollars and further escalate the costs of health care services without ever keeping people in good and positive health. There is a relationship between man the consumer, and the food that he consumes. Until man knows food and drink as a spiritual substance, he would never be able to establish a relationship that is not based on gluttony, cravings, and greed. The purpose of Spirituality is that of establishing functional harmony within the individual and between individuals who share a common environment and are members of a given community.

Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson

Thu, May 10, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

What is the economic burden of diabetes? Proper management and control could save 49,000 lives and $196 million annually.


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 3:45 p.m. may seem minute to most...but please don't print medical words until you research them. Type 1...unless it is at the beginning of a sentence. Thanks! Just trying to help you out.


Wed, May 9, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

Good grief. Eliminate refined sugar, grains, seed oils and processed food-like products. Eat pastured meats, healthy fats (animal, olive oil, coconut oil), veggies, dairy from pastured animals if you can handle casein. Basically, ignore federal nutrition propaganda and Big Ag corporatists. Type 2 diabetes goes away. Even Type 1 is moderated substantially though not cured. Google paleo diabetes. Balance that with Weston A. Price info. Patronize the various local organic food growers.

G. Orwell

Wed, May 9, 2012 : 3:34 p.m.

@Techno Agree 100%. Good diet and natural suppliments can cure many of the diseases we have today. Also, do not vaccinate, filter out fluoride (toxic waste), no diet foods that contain aspartame (neurotoxin), no MSG (neurotoxin), no GMO (too many negatives to mention all), and exercise. All these toxins approved for consumption by our wonderful FDA. While they outlaw raw milk. No wonder we have so many sick and overweight people.