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Diabetes Self Management Education Group (DSME)

What is the Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Group?

The DSME is a group clinic to learn how to take charge of your diabetes. You are welcome to bring a family member or support person with you. There is a lot to learn; plan to stay for 2 hours. In addition to our clinic patients we take referrals from outside providers as well. For this program you do not need to be uninsured. You can keep your primary care provider and come to us for Education only. If you do not have insurance and have diabetes we will also help with your medical needs if you qualify with our income criteria Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is the cornerstone of care for all individuals with diabetes who want to achieve successful health outcomes and avoid complications.

The program consists of four sessions over the course of 3 months for total of 6 hours. Each week focuses on a specific topic.Sessions are facilitated from a highly detailed manual from DHEC by two trained instructors. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book and session notes.

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Person who has a diagnosis of type 1, type 2,

Diagnostic Criteria

According to national coding and diagnostic standards, diabetes is defined as a condition of abnormal blood glucose metabolism using the following diagnostic criteria:

  • AIC > 6.5% OR
  • Fasting glucose > 126 mg/dL OR
  • Two-hour post glucose challenge > 200mg/dL OR
  • A random glucose test> 200 mg/dL for a person with symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes


Skills learned include:
  • Healthy eating: Make healthy food choices, understand portion sizes and eat right for your lifestyle.
  • Being active: Develop an activity plan for overall fitness, weight management and blood glucose control.
  • Monitoring: Monitor blood glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol lab work and weight. Learn to interpret target values and how to use them effectively.
  • Problem solving: Sharpen problem-solving skills to make rapid, informed decisions about diet, activity and medications.
  • Reducing risks: Understand, seek and regularly obtain an array of preventive services to maximize health and quality of life.
  • Healthy coping skills: Set achievable behavioral goals and work through obstacles, fears and doubts.


In each class you will:
  • Have your blood pressure monitored and glucose tested
  • Learn how to problem solve and set goals
  • Receive professional expertise from certified diabetes educators
Why would this be beneficial to me?

The goal of DSME is to help you solve problems and make informed decisions related to your diabetes aswell as to learn how to take care of yourself and actively collaborate with your health care team. It could improve your clinical outcomes, health status, and quality of life.

Class schedule

Classes are scheduled generally on Mondays , Wednesday and Friday with flexible hours

Individual Diabetes Education Session

One-on- one education sessions are available to those who may require individualized diabetes education. This may include but is not limited to those individuals requiring follow-up after the group classes or those with special needs such as visual or hearing impairment, physical limitations or non-English language needs.

How do I get ready for this clinic?
  • Take your meds as you usually do.
  • If you check blood sugars, bring the log and meter to the clinic.
  • Answer the questions on the questionnaire and bring the completed questionnaire


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Diabetes Prevention Program

What is the National Diabetes Prevention Program?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program which has been demonstrated to delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes among people at high risk. The program consists of trained lifestyle coach who facilitates a small group of adults to discuss behavior changes that can improve the health of participants. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.

Program Goals
  • Lose 5–7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

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Participants do this through:


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Cooking Matters Classes: Held by Low Country Food Bank

Cooking Matters signature courses are six week culinary-based nutrition programs.These courses empower our participants with the knowledge to select and cook the most nutritious meals possible for their families. Courses are offered for children, teens, adults and families.

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