When you have diabetes, it’s especially important to stay healthy, although sometimes it isn’t easy. If you have diabetes you do not have to go it alone – a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) can help find solutions to staying healthy that fit your lifestyle.
Certified Diabetes Educators are experienced healthcare professionals – such as registered dietitians and registered nurses – who have special knowledge and skills to help successfully manage all aspects of diabetes.
Diabetes education helps people learn how to manage their disease and be as healthy as possible by focusing on self-care behaviors and designing specific plans that include the support and tools you need.
Our practice is a member of Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC), a large multi-specialty physician group serving Upstate South Carolina and parts of North Carolina. MGC doctors are dedicated to meeting your healthcare needs, from wellness and prevention to the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.
Services & Conditions
Diabetes education works. Studies show that diabetes education helps people lower their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Those changes can reduce diabetes complications and make a difference in your health. In our classes, you can learn about:
- Carbohydrate counting
- Continuous glucose monitoring
- Diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes)
- Foot and skin care
- Healthy meal planning
- Home blood glucose monitoring
- Insulin pump therapy
- Medication or insulin administration
- Prevention of long-term complications
- Problem-solving for low and high blood sugars
Carolina Carb Counters is our free diabetes support group, open to anyone in the community with an interest in diabetes.
Diabetes education requires a referral from your primary care provider, but you can attend diabetes education classes without seeing an endocrinologist.
Please arrive 15-20 minutes before your appointment to fill out your medical history and registration forms. You may also be provided a health assessment or questionnaire to complete in advance of your visit. To cancel an appointment, please notify us 24 hours in advance so we can make the appointment available to another patient.
What to bring with you:
- Current medications
- Medication reconciliation form, if needed
- Photo ID, insurance, Medicare or Medicaid ID card
- Co-payment, if required by your insurance provider
- Prior medical records, including documentation of any allergies, chronic conditions, treatments or surgeries
- Questions for your doctor
Current patients can schedule appointments by phone, or use the MyChart patient portal or app to see available times.
Learn More About MyChart
If you are a patient currently using MyChart, you may be able to request a refill through the app or online portal. For prescriptions not available in MyChart, please make an appointment so a physician can evaluate if the medications need to be changed. It could take up to 24-48 business hours for a refill to be submitted.
Our practices use an electronic health record system that allows for a seamless patient experience through improved communications, timeliness, patient information storage and portability. This system, called MyChart, will allow you to view medications, allergies, health issues and recent visits.
To obtain or transfer detailed medical records to another practice, please contact the Medical Records Office at 864-560-6273.
Insurance & Billing
Diabetes education is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance companies when provided by an accredited program. Our program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Please check with your insurance company to verify coverage.
We request payment for all office visits at the time of service. Co-pays are required for all insured patients. If you have questions about fees, our office or Physicians Billing Service will be glad to assist you at 864-560-4413 or 877-596-2455.