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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.

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.

Diabetes Health Fair November 10

Lexington Medical Center will host a FREE diabetes health fair on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Diabetes is an epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1 million people have diabetes. That’s about one out of every 11 people. Additionally, 1 in 4 does not know they have diabetes.
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The CDC also estimates that 86 million americans – more than 1 in 3 adults – have pre diabetes, and 90% of them don’t know it. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30% of them will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.,

Learn more about diabetes from Lexington Medical Center’s diabetes educators, including how to use a glucometer and insulin pump, what your body mass index/body fat composition means to your health, the benefits of exercise and how to care for your feet.
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The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes. Medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people without the condition.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a family history and having diabetes while pregnant, which is also known as gestational diabetes. You can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes by losing weight, eating healthy and being more active.

There will be refreshments, door prizes, healthy food tastings, exercise demonstrations and clinicians from Lexington Endocrinology.

The health fair will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. For more information, call (803) 791-2869.


Infographics courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention