Managing Diabetes in South Carolina

Lexington Medical Center will host a free diabetes health fair inside the Michael J. Biediger Auditorium on the hospital campus in West Columbia on Sunday, November 6 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

“South Carolina has the fourth highest rate in the nation of diabetes among adults. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. We want to encourage community members to attend this health fair to increase awareness for themselves and their family members, as well as learn how to manage diabetes and live a long, healthy life,” said Gwen Girdler, RN, BSN, CDE, outpatient diabetes educator at Lexington Medical Center.


According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in South Carolina and around the United States. More than 576,000 people in South Carolina – that’s 14% of the population – have diabetes. Of those, more than 20 percent do not know they have diabetes – greatly increasing their health risk. Additionally, more than one million people in South Carolina – 37 percent of the adult population of the state – have prediabetes.

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, where the body does not use insulin properly. Over time, the body is not able to make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina, responsible for three deaths each day.

Orbera Helps Columbia Woman Lose 50 Pounds

Orbera is a balloon that doctors at the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, insert in the stomach to help curb appetite and promote weight loss. They began using the procedure in January of this year. One of their first patients was Chenise Nu. And wait until you see her success story in the below news interview from WIS-TV! Chenise lost 50 pounds and is feeling great. Watch below.


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It’s Our Fight, Too: Comprehensive Oncology Care Close to Home

No one should have to fight cancer alone. And at Lexington Medical Cancer Center, no one does.

The entire staff is fighting right alongside each one of ourpatients, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We don’t want patients to face this journey without help, caring people supporting them, and the most sophisticated and personalized cancer treatments available.

As part of the hospital’s new “It’s Our Fight, Too” cancer campaign, staff members formed a ribbon for a photo last week. Check out this time lapse video of our photo shoot. We can’t wait to show you the finished product.


The multidisciplinary team at Lexington Medical Cancer Center personalizes plans of care to ensure each patient achieves the best possible outcome. These treatment plans can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, clinical trials or a combination of treatments. Our Duke affiliation brings the latest research to the Midlands, cooperative group clinical trials and coordination with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Center team at Duke, and team review of new cancer cases in our multidisciplinary cancer conferences.

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