Diabetes has a strong grip on South Carolina. The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) estimates nearly 300,000 to 350,000 South Carolinians have diabetes. Almost one third do not know they have diabetes. African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans and Asian/Pacific Islanders suffer higher rates of diabetes than their white counterparts. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina. The state ranks tenth in the nation for rates of diabetes.
It doesn't have to be this way. We know how to diagnose and treat diabetes. We even know how to delay or prevent the onset of the most common type of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes. We know how to live better with diabetes. We can listen and learn from our neighbors who manage their diabetes well. We can take action and save lives. We invite you to join the fight against diabetes at home and in your community.