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A monthly update complete with the latest news and resources brought to you by the Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina (DAC)

T2D, heart disease combo may double dementia risk
A study published in Alzheimer's & Dementia found that having at least two of these three conditions -- type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke -- may double a person's risk for dementia. The findings, based on data from 2,500 older adults, emphasize that type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke are "ideal targets for preventive measures to slow cognitive decline and postpone the development of cognitive impairment and dementia."
 Full Story: United Press International  

Race, income as factors in kids' access to insulin pumps
Race, income as factors in kids' access to insulin pumps
(Matt Harbicht/Getty Images)
The use of insulin pumps among children with type 1 diabetes increased in recent decades, but disparities were seen among racial-ethnic groups and those of lower socioeconomic status, according to a study presented at the Endocrine Society annual meeting. Researchers highlighted that insulin pump use was highest among white children, while pump use was lowest among Black children.
 Full Story: HealthDay News 

Not only do our grantees receive funding for their projects, but they also get technical assistance from our staff of experts. We’ll help you get over any unforeseen hurdles and get your project to the finish line. We’ll also connect you with other existing local community health initiatives that can complement your project, open up doors for future collaboration, lead to other funding opportunities, and, ultimately, make your community healthier and more equitable. Don’t tell anyone, but we’ll also give you feedback on your project idea BEFORE you even apply!

Are you interested? The application is open now through July 22. Get more information on our website.

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When you’re managing diabetes and prediabetes, your eating plan is a powerful tool.

But figuring out what to eat can feel like a hassle, right? Well, it doesn't have to because there are easy things you can do to add flavor to your daily routine—including healthy twists on your favorite foods.

One key to feeling your best lies in the food you eat. You can start by working with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN/RD) to make an eating plan that works for you. In it, be sure to include the foods you like—and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Most importantly, remember that eating well—and adding activity to your daily routine by moving more—are important ways you can manage diabetes. 

Avocado toast is a quick and easy go-to breakfast that incorporates healthy fat, whole grains, and protein. Change things up by substituting the turkey bacon with an over-easy egg or sliced hard-boiled egg.  For a more filling breakfast, add a ½ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt and a handful of fresh blueberries (or other seasonal fruit)

Lean protein: turkey bacon, Greek yogurt
Nonstarchy vegetables: Tomato, avocado
Carbohydrate foods: whole-wheat bread, blueberries


nonstick cooking spray
2 slices lean turkey bacon
1 ripe avocado (pitted and halved)
2 slices 100% whole-wheat bread (toasted)
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 plum tomato (thinly sliced)

Coat a medium skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place it over medium heat until hot. Add the turkey bacon and cook until crispy, 8 minutes, flipping the slices over halfway through. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate.

Scoop out the flesh from each avocado half onto a slice of toasted bread. Mash the avocado with a fork until flattened. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.

Top each avocado toast with 1 slice of turkey bacon and half of the tomato slices.

*recipe courtesy of American Diabetes Association



Team Sports.  If you find it hard to motivate yourself to exercise, it might help to join a recreational sports team. The opportunity to socialize with teammates and the commitment you make to them might help you find the motivation you need to show up each week.

Many recreational sports offer a good aerobic workout. Consider trying basketball, soccer, softball, pairs tennis, or ultimate frisbee.
*courtesy of Healthline

Weightlifting.  Weightlifting and other strengthening activities help build your muscle mass, which can increase the number of calories you burn each day. Strength training may also help improve your blood sugar control, according to the ADA.

If you want to incorporate weightlifting into your weekly exercise routine, you can use weight machines, free weights, or even heavy household objects, such as canned goods or water bottles.

To learn how to lift weights safely and effectively, consider joining a weightlifting class or asking a professional fitness trainer for guidance.

*courtesy of Healthline

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COVID-19 Booster Shot

On March 29, 2022, the CDC updated booster dose guidance to expand eligibility for some people to get a second vaccine booster. Adults age 50 and older and some immunocompromised individuals are now eligible to get a second Pfizer or Moderna booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster (whether they received a Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson booster). Older adults—especially those with underlying medical conditions—and people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe health impacts if infected by COVID-19, and are therefore among those most likely to benefit from the additional protection of a second booster shot.

Booster Toolkit

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