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The Diabetic Food Pantry Opens

Lexington Medical Center, Harvest Hope Food Bank and the American Diabetes Association are working together to establish the first diabetic food pantry in South Carolina. Opening this week, the D2 & Me Diabetic Food Pantry will allow community members in need with diabetes to pick up special boxes of healthy staple foods and fresh produce that are diabetic friendly.

The idea for the diabetic food pantry came from Natalie Copeland, a Lexington Medical Center employee who has type 2 diabetes and created a health and wellness group called “D2 & Me” for diabetics in the Midlands.

Learn about the pantry and meet Natalie, along with Lexington Medical Center diabetes Educator Karissa Belk, in this WIS-TV news story.


Recipients at the diabetic food pantry will get boxes that include peanut butter, brown rice, dry pinto beans, oats, Corn Flakes cereal, milk, mandarin oranges, unsweetened applesauce, whole wheat spaghetti noodles, green beans, tomatoes, carrots and chicken. They will also receive a packet with recipes, a brochure about diabetes from the American Diabetes Association, and a schedule of D2 & Me meetings.

For now, the program is working with three pilot pantries where community members will pick up the diabetic food boxes: Church of Christ Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia; Sharing God’s Love in Irmo; and Mission of Hope in Cayce. People who are interested in receiving the boxes should contact Harvest Hope’s Columbia office at (803) 254 – 4432. People who donate to Harvest Hope should consider donating some of the diabetic-friendly items listed above.


November is Diabetes Awareness Month

By Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE at Lexington Medical Center

Are you at risk of developing diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association’s most recent statistics:

diabetes2~Diabetes affects nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States. That’s nearly ten percent of the population.
~Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
~Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes®.
~African-Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.

Are YOU at risk?
• Age: Over 40 years old. Traditionally, insulin resistance increases with age.
• Sex: Men have a higher risk of being undiagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes than women. That’s likely from not going to the doctor on a regular basis.
• If you are a woman, did you have gestational diabetes during pregnancy? If so, this increases your risk of developing diabetes.
• Race/Ethnicity: Asian, African-American, Hispanic, East Indian or Native Americans are at great risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes than Caucasians.
• Family History: Do your grandparents, parents, or siblings have Type 2 diabetes? If so, the American Diabetes Association states you have a 50% greater risk of developing diabetes
• Activity Level: Leading a sedentary lifestyle (regardless of the other risk factors) increases the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes
• BMI >30: Although people with normal BMI’s can develop diabetes, being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes at a younger age.

While you can not change your age, sex, race/ethnicity or family history you CAN change or control your weight/BMI and how active you are. Taking a quote from the November/December, 2015 issue of Diabetes Self Management magazine: Remember, over 40 and overweight – Request a Hgb A1c test every year to measure your blood sugar control.

Stop Diabetes® is a registered trademark of the American Diabetes Association advocacy program to bring awareness to diabetes and diabetes research.

Join Lexington Medical Center for a FREE diabetes health fair inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus in West Columbia. The event will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. All community members are invited to attend.