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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.

November is... 

 Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes Facts

Diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in South Carolina.1

More than 540,000 adults in South Carolina are estimated to have been diagnosed with diabetes.2

For every 10 adults diagnosed with diabetes, only 5 have taken a class to manage their diabetes.2
1 SC DHEC Vital Statistics; 2 SC DHEC BRFSS; 3 SC RFA; 4 American Diabetes Association; 5 CDC; 6 American Diabetes Association Produced by Bureau of Population Health Data Analytics & Informatics, February 2021

For More Information About Diabetes Resources Click The Links Below

American Diabetes Association Resources Click Here

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases Resources Click Here 

You're Invited!

The Diabetes Action Council of SC invites you to the premiere of the In It Together: Preventing Diabetes in South Carolina docuseries and the launch of the 2021 Statewide Comprehensive Diabetes Prevention and Management Plan of South Carolina

Date: November 17, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


There's Still Time to Join The Walk Together SC Walking Challenge!

 The Walk Together SC walking challenge is open to everyone, of all ages and fitness levels, and encourages participants to increase their time spent walking. We know that walking is one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise to improve overall health and manage or prevent chronic health conditions, like diabetes. Over the 6-week challenge, participants will log and electronically submit their weekly time spent walking. Participate individually or with a team. This is a great opportunity to get your coworkers or organization involved! There will be support, resources, and motivation throughout the challenge.

Learn more & sign-up: or email
A New Diabetes Superhero Movie You Won't Want To Miss!
The diabetes community has something big to look forward to: a new independent animated film called “Gumshe: The Type 1 Protector,” coming in summer 2022, that actually features a main superhero character who has T1D. The film trailer will be released in November 2021, and an animated short series will follow the film in early 2022.

The character’s full name is Justice Johnson. She is an African American teen character who lives in a city based on the underserved New Jersey community.

And while she has T1D, it’s not that condition that brings her superpowers. Rather, it’s her love of gum, something she chews constantly.

November 2021

Managing Your Child's Type 1 Diabetes 

Life is bound to change in many ways when your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.


Parents have a big job teaching their children how to navigate life, but when your child has type 1 diabetes there is a lot more at stake. You’re likely to have many questions about what to expect and what treatment looks like. And it can all seem overwhelming at first, but it will get easier with time and knowledge.



Help manage your child's type 1 diabetes

Was your child just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? Learn more.

Learn about diabetes self-management education and supports

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Banishing Diabetes Burnout

Managing diabetes can be a lot of work, and despite your best efforts, sometimes you may have a hard time meeting your goals. It is easy to become frustrated and slip into unhealthy habits. This could be a sign that you have diabetes burnout.


What if there was one inexpensive way to help:

• Boost your mental and emotional health, and improve your well-being

• Lower your blood sugar levels

• Improve your blood pressure

• Beat burnout and MORE?


Even better! You can do it any time!  Read our latest article to learn what you can do to beat diabetes burnout.


Learn how to beat diabetes burnout

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MDPP Supplier Learning Series: Billing Workshop Part 2: How to Submit a MDPP Claim


Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

2:00 p.m. ET – 3:30 p.m. ET


Description of MDPP Supplier Learning Series’ Billing Workshops (Part 1 and Part 2): Two 90-minute virtual workshops that walk CDC-recognized organizations interested in becoming MDPP suppliers and/or existing MDPP suppliers through how their CMS enrollment application affects billing as well as the process for submitting a successful MDPP claim to CMS. During the Workshops, we will address questions submitted in the registration process. Please note, there will not be live Q&A during the Workshops. We strongly recommend you plan review the Part 1 recording (originally aired on September 22, 2021) before attending Part 2, however it is not required.


Please note, there will be prework assigned for the Billing Workshop. All those that register will receive an email with prework documents that your organization will need to complete prior to the Billing Workshop. This prework may not be applicable to state health departments but will still be sent for awareness.




More about the MDPP Supplier Learning Series:

The MDPP Supplier Learning Series is an ongoing opportunity for MDPP Suppliers to learn from each other and subject matter experts (SMEs) on relevant MDPP topics.


This series is a partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). NACDD will assist in planning and facilitation of the calls with MDPP Suppliers. Other stakeholders such as the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) may be invited to join as well.




How To Recognize and Treat Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) 

How To Recognize and Treat Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

DKA is a serious complication of diabetes that can be life-threatening. DKA is most common among people with type 1 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes can also develop DKA.


Early symptoms of DKA include being very thirsty and urinating (peeing) a lot more than usual. If left untreated, more severe symptoms can appear quickly. These may include fast or deep breathing, fruity-smelling breath, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting.


Learn how to treat DKA

Learn how to prevent DKA and how to treat it if necessary.

Explore new articles to help you manage your type 1 diabetes.

For More Information:


Low Blood Sugar

About Type 1

CDC Diabetes on Facebook
@CDCDiabetes on Twitter


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