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With a little more than a week left in November, health professionals at University of South Carolina Lancaster want to ensure you’re aware that this is American Diabetes Month.
And with that awareness comes a host of statistics and tidbits about this disease that is seeing more and more incidence in the United States and in Lancaster County.
In 2010, 25.8 million people in the United States (8.3 percent of the population) had diabetes, according to data accessed and reported by USCL’s Diabetes Education Clinic.
Also that same year, more than 371,000 South Carolinians had been diagnosed with diabetes. In Lancaster County, an estimated 5,473 adults have diabetes. That’s more than 9 percent of the county’s adult population.
It’s the seventh leading cause of death in the state, claiming more than 1,114 South Carolinians in 2009, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
And here’s the financial impact.
In 2008, the total direct cost of hospitalizations and emergency room visits were more than $4.1 billion in South Carolina.
Nationwide, estimated costs include $116 billion for direct medical costs and $58 billion for indirect medical costs, which include disability and work loss.
In light of these statistics, UCSL’s Diabetes Education Clinic wants to know you can – and likely should – get tested for type 2 diabetes.
You should get tested if you:
– Are 45 or older
– Are overweight
– Have a parent or sibling with diabetes
– Are of African American, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino descent
– Have a history of gestational diabetes or gave birth to at least one baby weighting more than 9 pounds
– Have a blood pressure of 140/90 or higher
– Have abnormal cholesterol levels, or
– Exercise less than three times a week.
USCL’s clinic earns certification
USCL’s Diabetes Education Clinic was awarded an Education Recognition Certificate last year by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The certificate denotes the clinic as one that has a quality diabetes self-management education program.
“ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment,” according to a media release from USCL’s Diabetes Education Clinic.
Program manager Lori Moseley elaborates on the program and certificate, which is awarded for four years.
“This process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of service they provide,” Moseley said.
“And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.”
For more information, call the Diabetes Education Clinic at (803) 313-7450.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152