During the month of November, Palmetto Health will recognize American Diabetes Month to bring attention to this disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, with one in 11 Americans having diabetes – more than 29 million people or 9.3 percent of the population.
In South Carolina, 10.7 percent of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Untreated diabetes can cause serious health problems,” said Kelle Bolden, M.D., internal medicine physician at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group’s Atrium Ridge Internal Medicine. “Diabetes can double the risk of heart attack and create vision problems that lead to blindness. Diabetes also may cause kidney disease that requires dialysis and severe circulation problems in the legs and feet that may require partial amputation. However, diabetes can be prevented and managed with lifestyle changes.”
Millions of Americans currently have diabetes but don’t realize it puts them at risk for serious complications that can arise when the disease is left untreated. Some healthy changes that can greatly lower the risk of diabetes include:
In November, Palmetto Health will host free diabetes seminars to help the community understand how to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes. At the events, prostate cancer and cholesterol screenings will be offered and lunch is included.
Palmetto Health also has a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that helps adults at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This yearlong program helps participants make changes such as eating healthier, increasing physical activity and improving problem-solving and coping skills. Lifestyle coaches meet with small groups for 16 weeks and then on a monthly basis.
For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program, visit PalmettoHealth.org.
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in more than 80 practices and nearly 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 24 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).