Diabetes Education

Living well with prediabetes or diabetes

Think you have prediabetes or diabetes? You're not alone.

Learning to live with prediabetes or diabetes is important to your health. At Prisma Health, we help people of all ages learn to manage this condition, so it doesn’t manage them! Certified diabetes educators at Prisma Health are here to screen and educate people about the risks of diabetes, which is a chronic condition that can damage many organs of the body if not controlled.

How serious is diabetes?

  • Approximately 29 million people in the US have diabetes, but only 19 million have been diagnosed
  • At least 86 million Americans have prediabetes, which raises a person's risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke
  • New diabetes cases have nearly doubled in US in the last ten years
  • South Carolina has one of the highest incidences of diabetes

Common risk factors include:

  • Being age 45 or older
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being physically inactive
  • Having a parent or sibling with diabetes
  • having a family background that is African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino or Pacific Islander
  • Giving birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds, or being diagnosed with gestational diabetes 

We can help! Learn more about what we can do for you by calling one of our certified diabetes educators at Prisma Health: 

  • Prisma Health Baptist Hospital: 803-296-8906
  • Prisma Health Richland Hospital: 803-434-7027

A physician referral form is required. Click the link below to download a referral form.
Prisma Health Diabetes Education Physician Referral Form (PDF)

Outpatient diabetes programs

Our Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Programs at Prisma Health provide quality, comprehensive learning opportunities by certified diabetes nurse educators and registered/licensed dietitians. Medical social workers also are available to address financial concerns and social support. We help children, adolescents and adults learn a variety of ways to manage diabetes. Instruction is based on clinical practice recommendations of the American Diabetes Association. Learning to live with diabetes is critical to your health.

Nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association, our programs support patients with diabetes as they improve their self-management skills, thereby leading to healthier outcomes.

What you will learn:

  • General diabetes overview: understand the definition, pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes.
  • Medical nutrition therapy: learn nutrition information and different approaches to diabetes management, including meal planning, carbohydrate counting, and weight management.
  • Exercise and activity: learn the effects of physical activity on blood glucose and how to create a customized activity plan.
  • Medications: learn the purpose, use and side effects of diabetes medications, including injections if ordered.
  • Monitoring: Learn about glucose monitoring, including frequency of testing, and how to record and interpret results to manage diabetes.
  • Acute and chronic complications: learn the acute and chronic complications that can occur with diabetes.
  • Coping, risk factor reduction and behavior changes: learn coping mechanisms for stress and how it can affect diabetes. Also hear problem-solving approaches for diabetes self-care and general health habits.
  • Preconception care, gestational diabetes management, and pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes: learn the effects of pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes, and how to manage gestational diabetes. Instruction includes individual meal planning, blood glucose monitoring, insulin (if ordered), physical activity and coping.
  • Community resources: obtain a list of community resources, including diabetes seminars and support groups.

Learning options

  • Individual sessions are offered for patients with type 1 diabetes and selected patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • Group classes are held in the day or evening as needed for patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • The number of sessions depends on patient need. Type 2 classes consist of one individual and three group sessions. Gestational diabetes classes are held weekly.

The program fee can be filed with any insurance company, including Medicare or Medicaid. Reimbursement for diabetes education is a covered benefit for Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. A physician referral is required for participation in the program.

Diabetes seminars
In addition to diabetes education classes, we provide free quarterly diabetes seminars/support groups for people with diabetes and their families interested in learning more about diabetes and adjusting to lifestyle changes in managing this condition.

For location information and registration, call CareCall at 803-296-2273.

Inpatient glycemic management and education programs

The inpatient glycemic management and education programs at Prisma Health are a resource for patients, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers. The programs enhance the care and management of the inpatient with hyperglycemia and/or diabetes. Inpatient diabetes educators collaborate with the health care team and provide diabetes survival skills for patients and their families. The programs are based on best practice guidelines, which are evidence-based. Glycemic management provides continuing education and a review of the latest technology for the nursing staff and other health care providers. 

The primary purposes of diabetes education are to provide knowledge and skills training, help individuals identify barriers, and facilitate problem-solving and coping skills to achieve effective self-care behavior and behavior change. This process starts during the care of the inpatient with hyperglycemia and/or diabetes. Physicians and nurses initiate a referral for inpatient diabetes education through a direct consult order or by the admission referral or ancillary referral process.

Goals for inpatient diabetes education are:

  • Assess the patient's current knowledge and practices of diabetes self-management.
  • Initiate diabetes education for the patients newly diagnosed with diabetes and/or hyperglycemia.
  • Provide information on basic self-management which will ensure safe self post-discharge care. This information includes: the key components of the disease and its treatment, the ability to take diabetes medication, prepare and administer insulin accurately, the ability to perform finger stick blood glucose and understand the results at a basic level, and the ability to recognize and treat hypoglycemia.
  • Use a team approach with other health professionals to coordinate care in the hospital and post-discharge.
  • Provide information on community resources and Prisma Health outpatient diabetes programs and diabetes seminars.
  • The educational components for the inpatient are part of the curriculum of the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

For information about the inpatient glycemic management and education programs, call:

  • Prisma Health Baptist Hospital: 803-296-8906 
  • Prisma Health Richland Hospital: 803-434-2200
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