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Diabetes is an increasingly bigger healthcare problem. But Baptist Easley is here to help. Diabetes is a chronic disease that damages your organs if not controlled. Nearly 20 million Americans have this disease, but only 50 percent of them have been diagnosed.
South Carolina has one of the highest incidences of diabetes. Signs and symptoms include:
Frequency of urination
Unexplained weight loss
Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. Our certified diabetes nurse educator and a registered dietitian provide support for people with diabetes to improve self-management skills, which leads to healthier outcomes.
What You Can Learn:
General Diabetes Overview
Medical Nutrition Therapy
Exercise and Activity
Goal Setting and Lifestyle Changes
Preconception Care, Gestational Diabetes Management
We offer individual and group sessions of this American Diabetes Association accredited class. Morning and evening classes are available. You'll need a physician's referral in order to bill insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.
Diabetes Department Staff
Elizabeth Stokes, RN, CDE, Program Manager
Nancy Taylor, MS, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian
Karen Neal, Administrative Coordinator
You can file the fee with most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid. For more information about program fees, call 864.442.7661.
Diabetes Support Group
Date: Second Monday of each month (does not meet in June, July, or August)
Location: The Chapel at First Baptist Church of Easley, 300 East 1st Ave.
Parking: Directly across the street from the church.
Contact is Karen Neal, Baptist Easley Hospital, 864.442.7661.
This group gives you a chance to meet with other people with diabetes, as well as participate in special monthly programs about topics such as carb-counting, foot care, and stress management.