Diabetes education in Greater Charleston, SC

At Trident Health system, our diabetes self-management program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and ensures the continued delivery of high-quality care for all patients. 

To find out more about diabetes education or schedule an appointment, call (843) 847-5000. Referrals for diabetes education may be faxed to (843) 847-5017.

Types of diabetes we treat

Our experts develop treatment plans by type of diabetes. We can treat:

  • Gestational diabetes: Women develop this form of diabetes while pregnant, usually in their third trimester. High blood sugar levels contribute to a high-risk pregnancy, increasing monitoring and care for mother and baby.
  • Prediabetes: People with prediabetes have high blood sugar levels but their levels are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. Prediabetes develops in adults and children. Lifestyle changes, education and some medications help prevent prediabetes from becoming fully-developed diabetes.
  • Type 1 diabetes: Often diagnosed in children and young adults, Type 1 diabetes results when the pancreas cannot produce insulin and patients have the condition for life. The result is dangerously high levels of blood glucose. Doctors treat the condition with medication, usually by insulin injection.
  • Type 2 diabetes: This condition affects the body's ability to use insulin properly. Potentially, patients may stop producing insulin altogether. The condition usually develops in adults, and some children may develop the condition. Doctors treat Type 2 with medication, education and lifestyle changes. Bariatric surgery may be recommended for obese patients with this type of diabetes.

The following services are offered by our Diabetes Education Department

Learning how to manage diabetes is an important part of ongoing treatment. Our experts offer a range of courses, techniques and diet approaches to diabetes management including Inpatient Self-Management Education, Outpatient Individual Appointments, Outpatient Telehealth/Virtual Appointments, and Gestational Diabetes Care. 

We offer diabetes group education classes and free diabetes support groups, however these groups are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. For more information about the diabetes groups we offer, please contact (843) 847-5000.

Referrals for diabetes education may be faxed to (843) 847-5017.

Self-management education

A feature of our ADA-recognized program is our certified diabetes care and education specialists. These specialists are trained registered nurses and registered dietitians who act as liaisons between the hospital, physicians, patients and their families.

Diabetes self-management helps patients avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and prevents some acute and chronic complications. In individual and group sessions, patients learn self-care behaviors, lifestyle changes and goal-setting guidelines. For more information about our classes, call (843) 847-5000.

Some of the topics include:

  • Diabetes complications
  • Diabetes risk factors
  • Exercise
  • Healthy coping
  • Meal planning
  • Medications and diabetes complications
  • Monitoring and testing blood sugars
  • Overview and basics of diabetes
  • Sick day management
  • Stress management

Gestational diabetes care

All gestational diabetes patients are considered high-risk pregnancy patients. As a result, our diabetes specialists collaborate with the obstetrics team to ensure expecting mothers receive an individualized needs assessment and training to learn self-care behaviors to decrease risk and improve the health of herself and baby. In our one–hour diabetes education classes at Summerville Medical Center's Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic or at Trident Medical Center, expecting mothers get a needs assessment, information on self–care and learn:

  • What gestational diabetes is and its risk factors
  • Gestational diabetes management
  • How to take and manage medication, if needed
  • How to recognize the signs of hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia and other diabetes complications