Tidelands Health offers a diabetes self-management program to help you learn more about diabetes and appropriate ways to manage the disease. This program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and, with qualifying lab work, the program is a covered benefit of Medicare part B and many insurance providers.
Our registered dietitians are available to answer your nutrition questions. For more information or for a nutrition referral, please call Outpatient Nutrition Services at 843-520-8288 or email a registered dietitian at asktheRD@tidelandshealth.org.
The diabetes self-management program begins with an individual assessment during which you meet with a Tidelands Health dietitian and nurse educator. Participants also attend a regular schedule of classes and will receive an assessment three months after the conclusion of class participation.
During the initial appointment, your height, weight and blood pressure will be assessed. Based on the assessment results, you will be given a customized food plan to help you manage your diabetes.
Class Support and Instruction
For two consecutive days, participants attend classes where dietitians, nurse educators and others will provide complete information about diabetes, its impacts and what you can do to best manage your diabetes. Wide-ranging topics include glucometer care and use, signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, foot care, dining out guidelines and much more.
Three months after the conclusion of class, you will be scheduled for a follow-up assessment that monitors your progress in your own diabetes self-management. We will want to make sure you understand and are using the self-management tips and guidelines of the program.
Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital
Third Tuesday and Wednesday of the month
Wachesaw Conference Center (at rear of Wachesaw Medical Center across from hospital)
Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital
Second Tuesday and Wednesday of the month
Second-floor meeting room
Be Good to Yourself
The more you know about diabetes, the better you can care for yourself or a family member who has the condition. Explore the Tidelands Health health library to learn about the types of diabetes, diagnostic procedures and treatment options.