Diabetes Self Management

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The Diabetes Self Management Program is certified by the American Diabetes Association as a recognized program ensuring the continued delivery of high quality care to all patients. Diabetes management establishes and coordinates, with assistance from the medical director, the clinical teaching and learning aspects of the program for patients and their families.

Our Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE), who are Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Dietitians (RD), act as liaisons between the hospital, physicians, patients and families.

Through appropriate self-management, unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes can be prevented. Our Diabetes Program has demonstrated that it provides quality self-management education services to the Lowcountry diabetes community. The knowledge of our diabetes team extends to management of complex care issues involving multiple disease states and medications.

Our outpatient diabetes education services include both individual and group sessions with a Certified Diabetes Educator. Topics include:

  • Overview and basics of diabetes
  • Stress management
  • Goal setting
  • Meal Planning
  • Monitoring blood sugars
  • Exercise
  • Sick day management
  • Medications and complications of diabetes

You may schedule an appointment by calling the Centralized Scheduling department at 1-877-357-0156, or faxing a physician order to 1-877-609-9754. For questions please call the Diabetes Education Department at (843) 847-5000.

Our classes concentrate on the seven self-care behaviors set forth by the AADE.

  1. Healthy Eating
  2. Being Active
  3. Monitoring
  4. Taking Medication
  5. Problem Solving
  6. Healthy Coping
  7. Reducing Risks

Patients are able to set their own goals based on the seven self-care behaviors and goals will be measured at follow-up visits.

Gestational Diabetes Class

All Gestational Diabetes appointments are individual with a Certified Diabetes Educator. Sessions typically are one hour long and offered at Trident Medical Center. The class will cover the following topics:

  • Assessing the patient’s needs
  • What gestational diabetes is and why it occurs (risk factors)
  • Caring for gestational diabetes
  • Controlling blood sugar (how to use meter and blood sugar goals)
  • Meal planning (carbohydrate counting)
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Insulin (if necessary)
  • Signs, symptoms and treatment of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia

Individuals may enroll in our diabetes program with a referral from their physician. Call the Centralized Scheduling Dept at (877) 357-0156 to schedule an appointment or fax the physician’s referral form to the Centralized Scheduling Department at (843) 847-4943.

Diabetes Support Group

This one hour class is offered the first Monday of each month at Trident Medical Center, in Classroom A, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This class is offered free to the public. Every month a guest speaker will discuss a particular diabetes topic. (Support Group does not meet in January, July, or September due to holidays.)


A Snapshot: Diabetes In The United States – CDC Diabetes Prevention
American Diabetes Association – diabetes.org
Nutrition Guide – Choose My Plate
Your Diabetes For Life – Diabetes For Life
Low Literacy Handouts – Learning About Diabetes
BD Diabetes – BD Diabetes
Novo Nordisk – Novo Nordisk Patients
Lilly – Lilly Diabetes
Sanofi Aventis (Lantus) – Lantus
Abbott – Abbott Diabetes Care
Bayer – Simple Wins
LifeScan – LifeScan
Roche – Accu Chek
Ross – Glucerna