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Diabetes Prevention & Control

The South Carolina Division of Diabetes Prevention and Control (SC DPCD) was established in 1994 and sustained through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation. The program is housed and managed within the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Bureau of Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention.

  • Diabetes has become a national and statewide public health issue of epidemic proportions. 
  • The prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina has steadily crept higher for over a decade.   Today the prevalence of diabetes in South Carolina has surpassed10%, leaving national averages in the shadows.  
  • Complications of diabetes include diabetic ketoacidosis, diabetic comas, blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy, non-traumatic lower extremity amputations caused by diabetic neuropathy, chronic kidney disease and the need for dialysis caused by diabetic nephropathy, among others.  Diabetes is also a major contributor to heart disease and stroke.

The main goal of DHEC’s Diabetes Division is to facilitate the receipt of high quality chronic disease care to all people with diabetes, based on evidenced-based guidelines.  It is widely accepted that high quality diabetes care should include the receipt of diabetes self-management education and healthy weight management.  The receipt of high quality diabetes care leads to early detection and/or prevention of complications that reduces the disability caused by the disease and the burden to the person, community, and state.

Also, by way of expanding and widening linkages, the SC DPCD will continue to collaborate with other internal and external programs and agencies. 

If you are interested in learning more or partnering with the Diabetes Division please contact us at 803-545-4469.