McLeod Health, the Choice for Medical Excellence in northern South Carolina, has founded the McLeod Diabetes Center to offer state-of-the-art care for people with diabetes. It offers:
- Extensive range of patient services
- Highly trained and experienced staff, including three who are Certified Diabetes Educators and one Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes management
- Free support groups
- Coordination with Women's Health Services
- Inpatient and Outpatient diabetes education
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that develops when the body does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes. The pancreas gland makes insulin. The foods we eat break down into sugar or glucose that is transported by the bloodstream. Insulin moves the sugar from the bloodstream into body cells. Sugar provides the cells with the energy to do their jobs.
When the body stops making enough insulin, sugar builds up in the blood and cannot get into the body cells. People may have very high blood sugar levels when their diabetes is first diagnosed.
Signs of diabetes include:
- Extreme thirst and hunger
- Frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Fatigue or weakness and
- Unplanned weight loss
An Extensive Range of Patient Services
The following services are available at the Center, many covered by your insurance:
- Diabetes self-management education
- Individual and group education classes
- Nutritional counseling and carbohydrate counting education
- Weight management
- Diabetes foot care
- Insulin self-administration
- Individualized care plans
- Insulin pump training
- Insulin pen utilization
- Training for home glucose monitoring
- Individual exercise planning
- Stress and time management
The McLeod Diabetes Center has been recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association, and the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina for meeting national and state standards of diabetes education.
McLeod Diabetes Center Support Groups and Weekly Classes
Diabetes Support Groups are held in McLeod Medical Park - East, Suite 290 Conference Room, at 901 East Cheves Street, Florence. Support groups are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about diabetes.
Diabetes Support Group
Second Monday of the month (except November)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Weekly outpatient diabetes education classes are available by appointment only with a physician's referral. These are located on the 2nd floor of the McLeod Medical Park East building. Contact the McLeod Diabetes Center for specific information or to be placed on the mailing list.
McLeod Diabetes Fair
Held annually on the first Saturday in November
McLeod Medical Plaza Conference Center
The McLeod Diabetes Center is located on the McLeod Regional Medical Center campus, at Suite 210 in the McLeod Medical Park East building, 901 East Cheves Street, Florence. For more information about diabetes, please see the Health Information Library through the Health & Wellness link.
For more information about the McLeod Diabetes Center, please call (843) 777-6000.