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Published on November 07, 2014

Spartanburg Regional Promotes Diabetes Awareness in November

SRHS event teaches out to prevent diabetes, cut risks

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14, engaging people worldwide in diabetes awareness and education. Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) is joining in the advocacy event to promote healthy lifestyles with Passport to Health: Your Adventure Against Diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in America, according to the American Diabetes Association. Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes; accounting for almost 9 percent of the United States population.

Passport to Health: Your Adventure Against Diabetes shows how making simple changes can help you prevent diabetes or cut your risk of complications. On November 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Heart Center Auditorium, at Spartanburg Medical Center, clinical experts will present current information on the many steps you can take to manage your weight, lower diabetes risk and boost your overall health. Registration for the free event is required at SpartanburgRegional.com/events.

Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from properly using the food we eat. When food is digested, it breaks down into sugar called glucose, which the body uses for energy. Normally, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin, which helps the transfer of glucose from the blood to the body’s cells, where it is used or stored. A person with diabetes does not produce enough insulin, so the amount of glucose in the blood rises above normal which can be toxic and cause permanent damage to various organs over time.

The most common symptoms of diabetes include:

•             Blurred vision

•             Changes in weight

•             Frequent urination

•             Increased hunger

•             Nausea and vomiting

•             Increased thirst

•             Irritability

•             Numbness (lack of feeling) in hands or feet

•             Skin infections and/or dry, itchy skin

•             Slow healing of cuts and scratches

•             Weakness and fatigue

 An individual should visit a doctor if they are experiencing any of these symptoms. Early detection of diabetes could lead to better health. Doctors at the Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC) offer a Diabetes Education Program and have certified diabetes educators. These instructors help patients understand the basics of controlling blood glucose levels through good nutrition, moderate activity and blood glucose monitoring. The education program offers several classes, programs and support groups.

Education in diabetes self-management skills include:

•             Carbohydrate counting

•             Help during pregnancies

•             Continuous glucose monitoring

•             Home blood sugar monitoring

•             Injection training

•             Insulin pumps

•             Insulin therapy

•             Managing medications

•             Meal planning

•             Problem solving

•             Special needs

MGC was awarded the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate in 2014 for the thirteenth consecutive year. MGC—Diabetes Education was first recognized by the ADA in 2001 and has continuously maintained recognition status since. Recognition from the ADA reiterates to patients that they are receiving high-quality care from knowledgeable physicians.

The ADA recognition certificate is a voluntary process to ensure diabetes education programs meet national standards for diabetes self-management education. MGC—Diabetes Education was first recognized by the ADA in 2001 and has continuously maintained recognition status since.

Help promote diabetes awareness at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s event Passport to Health: Your Adventure Against Diabetes. By making some simple changes, you can help prevent diabetes or cut your risk of complications. The evening will include Spanish tapas while clinical experts present current information on the many steps you can take to manage your weight, lower diabetes risk and boost your overall health. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Oct
    4
    Tuesday
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Interested in learning more about diabetes? Join the Carolina Carb Counters for a FREE diabetes support group.
  • Oct
    11
    Tuesday
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    A fanciful event for friends, learn lifestyle tips - reduce stress, healthy food choices, simple daily exercise, set a pretty table & plan for a rosey future!
  • Oct
    18
    Tuesday
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    This free support group is intended for people currently living with diabetes or who are at high risk of developing the disease.

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