Palmetto Health notes November is American Diabetes Month

Observing American Diabetes Month, the Midlands’ Palmetto Health system will sponsor free educational diabetes seminars in Columbia on two Thursdays during the month of November at the Palmetto Health Baptist building at 1501 Sumter St. 


Tens of millions of Americans have diabetes, equivalent to 9.3 percent of the population nationwide.   File image

Observing American Diabetes Month, the Midlands’ Palmetto Health system will sponsor free educational diabetes seminars in Columbia on two Thursdays during the month of November at the Palmetto Health Baptist building at 1501 Sumter St. 

The events are both set for 11 a.m. to noon. On Thursday, “Get to Your Nutritional Paradise” is slated for the center’s auditorium; on Nov. 17, “Don’t Stress the Small Stuff” will be presented in the building’s Classroom E.

Practitioners will advise participants on how to prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes, and screenings for cholesterol and prostate cancer will be available. Lunch is included.

Tens of millions of Americans have diabetes, equivalent to 9.3 percent of the population nationwide. With 10.7 percent of adults in South Carolina diagnosed with the disease, Palmetto Health wants to raise awareness in the general population to improve diagnosis, treatment and general education. Patients may not know about the complications and risks inherent to the condition.

Additionally, Palmetto Health offers a Diabetes Prevention Program complete with coaches and lifestyle programs. Individuals with the disease can improve their health by eating properly, engaging in physical activity, avoiding smoking, and maintaining proportional body weight.

Palmetto Health is the Midlands region’s largest health care system and among South Carolina’s largest employers, with over 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers collaborating to bring compassionate care to patients. 

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