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Published on April 07, 2014

American Diabetes Association Recognizes Medical Group of the Carolinas

Spartanburg, SC — The Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC)—Diabetes Education program was recently awarded the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for the thirteenth consecutive year.

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.

"In order to maintain ADA Recognition, each of our Certified Diabetes Educators must follow rigorous quality guidelines set by the ADA,” said Erica Moore, Diabetes Education Manager. “We follow a comprehensive curriculum that is updated continuously, as diabetes care and treatment guidelines and best practices change almost daily. We maintain standards for communicating with the patient’s primary care provider, documenting results, and analyzing outcomes."

With locations in Spartanburg, Greer and Chesnee, MGC offers classes, as well as individual appointments to accommodate the needs and learning style of each patient. “Diabetes is a self-managed disease, and we give people the skills necessary to be successful,” said Moore.

Defining Diabetes

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:

  • 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

Why ADA Recognition is Important for Diabetes Patients

With recognition from the ADA comes reassurance for patients with diabetes in the Upstate. “Each person that participates in our diabetes education program can be assured they will receive quality, individualized education utilizing the latest information available for diabetes care. On average, participants in our education program reduce their hemoglobin A1C levels by 1.5 percent,” explained Moore.

By testing hemoglobin A1C physicians and dietitians can determine the patient’s average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar. A higher A1C level means blood sugar control is poor and can result in a higher risk of diabetes complications.

Offerings by the MGC—Diabetes Education Program

MGC—Diabetes Education offers comprehensive diabetes education classes, programs and support groups at Spartanburg Regional and Village Hospital. They have counseled thousands of adults with diabetes who have learned to lead better, healthier lives.

  • 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 Diabetes Educators

Certified diabetes instructors from MGC—Diabetes Education help patients understand the basics of controlling blood glucose levels through good nutrition, moderate activity and blood glucose monitoring. Other topics covered include heart health, stress management, weight management and overall wellness.

Contact MGC—Diabetes Education Program

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have lived with diabetes for many years, MGC—Diabetes Education has education classes and services to help you manage your disease. Call 864-560-6419 for more information, or visit MedicalGroupoftheCarolinas.com.

About Medical Group of the Carolinas

Medical Group of the Carolinas features 235 physicians in 20 specialty areas, and is structured to provide both patients and caregivers the ability to form strong relationships and create medical homes. Medical Group of the Carolinas includes a large number of conveniently-located primary care physician offices, 18 of which have been recognized as Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Homes. It also offers five OB/GYN practices at six locations for women’s health, two pediatric practices, as well as experienced specialty providers.

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