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Anderson Diabetes Center

Anderson Diabetes Center offers a complete diabetes treatment and education program. Our experienced team works together to guide and advise you on all aspects of managing your diabetes. We provide care to help you achieve the optimum level of health. We also provide the support you need to make well-informed decisions about your care.


American Diabetes AssociationOur program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and meets national standards for self-management education programs. These standards ensure the program is well organized and effective in providing the instruction and support needed by people with diabetes to manage the disease. The standards also ensure that our program is comprehensive, well-staffed and designed to meet the individual needs of all the participants.

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The Team Approach

An evaluation and plan of care is established for each participant at Anderson Diabetes Center. The participant and his/her family is actively involved in this plan of care.

Our health care team consists of: Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialists, including a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian; Social Services; Pharmacists; and our Medical Director. Exercise Physiologists are available at Anderson Health & Fitness Center.

Anderson Diabetes Center’s team will work together with your provider to provide you with complete care. The most important team member is YOU! Working together, we can make a difference. The degree of each participant’s attendance in the program is determined by the needs of the participant and their provider.

older gentleman getting his insulin tested

Services & Classes Offered:

  • Latest concepts and techniques in diabetes self-management
  • Nutrition and meal planning
  • Carbohydrate counting (basic and advanced)
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • How to recognize, treat and prevent emergency situations in diabetes
  • Stress management
  • Individualized exercise plan
  • The family’s adjustment to diabetes
  • Complication prevention
  • Medication regimens utilized to control blood glucose levels
  • Other aspects of a healthy life
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Continuous glucose monitoring

All participants attending Diabetes Self-Management classes must be referred by their physician. To find out how you can participate, contact our office at 601.553.6399. Fees for our services are covered by many insurance plans; a written referral will assist with insurance coverage. Please contact your insurer about coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.

Diabetes Support Group

Individuals with diabetes can offer each other support at our Diabetes Support Group meetings. This group allows participants to share their experiences with diabetes, learn from others, and interactively discuss how they live with diabetes. Family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information about meeting dates, times and speakers, please call 601.553.6399 or check the Anderson calendar of events.

Types of Diabetes

woman testing her insulin Diabetes is a life-long disease in which the body needs help to use food properly to give you energy. Diabetes is a disease caused by either a lack of insulin, inadequate amounts of insulin or an inability of the body to use insulin effectively. Diabetes is the third most prevalent disease in the United States and yet public knowledge about diabetes is still limited. Diabetes affects the eyes, heart, kidneys, nervous system and circulatory system. With education and careful management you can live well with diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes is insulin dependent. The majority of people with Type 1 diabetes will be diagnosed as having developed the disease during childhood or as a young adult.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes:
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes:

Type 2 Diabetes develops gradually, and usually occurs around, or after the age of 40. Type 2 patients can often be managed by weight reduction, exercise, control of diet and occasionally oral medication.

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes:

  • Any of the Type 1 symptoms
  • Blurred vision
  • Tingling or numbness in legs, feet or fingers
  • Slow healing cuts
  • Frequent skin infections or dry, itchy skin
  • Drowsiness

Gestational Diabetes:

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is different from other forms of diabetes in that it goes away once the baby is born.

Who’s Most Likely to Get Diabetes:

  • People who are overweight
  • People with a history of diabetes in their family
  • African Americans
  • Hispanics


Diabetes Management

In this Medical Minute, Terri Patterson, RN, CDE, Program Director of Anderson Regional Diabetes Center, helps us kick off Diabetes Awareness Month with helpful ways to manage diabetes.

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