Medical Group of the Carolinas – Diabetes and Endocrinology provides a complete program of diagnosis and treatment for individuals with endocrine diabetes, overactive and underactive thyroid, thyroid cancer, parathyroid, adrenal, and pituitary diseases, osteoporosis, and cholesterol disorders.
For diabetic patients, we offer comprehensive and intensive diabetes management including onsite diabetes education at both the Spartanburg and Greer locations. Our certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians offer a number of classes for diabetes self-management, as well as one-on-one appointments for individualized care.
We have expertise in insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), and treatment of patients with severe insulin resistance (patients who need extremely large amounts of insulin). For patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases, we offer on-site ultrasound and fine-needle biopsy services.
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In addition to diabetes education and treatment, we offer:
- Community screenings and educational programs
- Diagnosis and treatment of pituitary tumors
- Education for private and public school systems
- Hormone testing osteoporosis treatment
- Reading of bone density tests
- Thyroid evaluation, ultrasound and biopsy
- Treatment of cholesterol and lipid problems
The most common symptoms of diabetes include:
- Blurred vision
- Changes in weight
- Frequent urination
- Increased hunger
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased thirst
- Numbness (lack of feeling) in hands or feet
- Skin infections and/or dry, itchy skin
- Slow healing of cuts and scratches
- Weakness and fatigue
If these symptoms appear suddenly, you should see your doctor immediately.
What is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is the medical specialty and study concerned with hormone production and dysfunction, such as:
- Adrenal disorders
- Diabetes mellitus
- High cholesterol
- Osteoporosis (bone softening)
- Pituitary disorders
- Thyroid issues (overactive or underactive)
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that prevents your body from properly using the foods you eat. When food is digested, it breaks down into sugar called glucose, which the body uses for energy. Normally, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin, which helps take the glucose from the blood to the body’s cells, where it is used or stored for future use. A person with diabetes does not produce enough insulin, so the glucose in the blood rises above normal.
If being seen for education classes only, patients must be referred by a primary care provider. Please ask your doctor for a referral.
We are committed to providing a staff with the highest level of expertise in its field so that you receive the best care possible. Our educational staff includes nurses and dietitians who are certified diabetes educators and receive continuing training and education to maintain their certification.
Carolinas Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology Diabetes Education Program offers comprehensive diabetes education classes, programs and support groups at Spartanburg Medical Center and Pelham Medical Center. We have counseled thousands of adults with diabetes who have learned to lead better, healthier lives.
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have lived with diabetes for many years, we have education classes and services appropriate for you. Call us at 864-560-6419 x5 for more information.
Education in diabetes self-management skills can include:
- Carbohydrate counting
- Continuous glucose monitoring
- Home blood sugar monitoring
- Injection training
- Insulin pumps
- Insulin therapy
- Managing medications
- Meal planning
- Problem solving
- Special needs
Certified diabetes educators help you understand the basics of controlling your blood glucose levels through good nutrition, moderate activity and blood glucose monitoring. Other topics covered in the classes include heart health, stress management, weight management, and overall wellness.
Gestational diabetes classes are for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy. We work with you and your doctor to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Our certified diabetes educators teach you how to take care of your gestational diabetes through nutritious meals, exercise and self-blood glucose monitoring.
We provide basic and comprehensive educational services for adults with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. In addition, we offer individualized care and consultations to meet your specific needs.
Diabetes Support Group
Carolina Carb Counters is our free diabetes support group, open to anyone in the community with an interest in diabetes.
We meet every first Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. in the Spartanburg Regional Outpatient Center (ROC), Suite 720 C, located at 853 North Church Street in Spartanburg.
Insurance & Billing
Appointments for diabetes education require a referral from a health care provider.
Many insurance carriers in South Carolina pay for diabetes care, including education, blood glucose monitoring and supplies. Please check with your insurance carrier to verify what services and treatments your carrier will cover. Our practice will file insurance for you. All co-pays should be made on the day of service. Please remember to bring your insurance card with you.
If you do not have insurance please call us to discuss your options. It is not necessary to see an endocrinologist to take advantage of diabetes education.
We request payment of all office visits at the time of service. Co-pays are required for all insured patients. If you have questions concerning fees, our office or Physicians Billing Service at 864-560-4304 or 877-596-2455 will be glad to assist you.
Electronic Medical Records
We use electronic medical records (EMR), which allows information to be accessed rapidly and shared with nurses, technicians, and other healthcare professionals involved in your care.