Preliminary Data From Diabetes Management Programs in South Carolina Provide Hope for Improvement

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Posters at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Symposium highlight early success of Diabetes Free SC programs.

There is good news in South Carolina. Posters at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 84th Scientific Symposium shared initial results of programs that are improving the health of women. 

Data from the first three years of Diabetes Free SC (DFSC) Management of Maternal (MOMs) Diabetes Program and Women’s Health Initiatives (WHI) show improved pregnancy outcomes and improved health of women with, or at risk for, diabetes in South Carolina.

The Impact of the Management of Maternal (MOMs) Diabetes Program

"Assessing the Impact of the 'Management of Maternal (MOMs) Diabetes Program' in South Carolina" summarized maternal and infant outcomes for almost 1,600 women. Results showed that coordinated, team-based care leads to significant reductions in risks and complications of diabetes in pregnancy. Mothers and babies benefit from:

  • Reduced C-sections.
  • Fewer and shorter admissions of newborns to neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
  • Fewer preterm births.
  • Decreased neonatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
  • Improved APGAR (infant health) scores.

Diabetes Self-Management for Underserved Pregnant Patients

"MOMs: Improved Glycemic Control and Diabetes Self-Management for Underserved Pregnant Patients" reported experience from one to three MOMs Program sites. Documented impact on quality of care and patient engagement showed: 

  • Improved A1C values.
  • Increased use of continuous blood glucose monitors (CBG).
  • Very high satisfaction with care (93% of moms). 
  • Improved understanding and better ability to manage diabetes in the future (91% of moms).

DFSC is honored to be among the innovators whose work was selected for presentation at the ADA’s 84th Annual Scientific Sessions, June 2024, in Orlando, Florida. Together with valued partners and allies, we strive to improve equitable access to high quality diabetes care for all citizens in South Carolina.   

About the ADA Scientific Sessions: Leading physicians, scientists and health care professionals from around the world participate in the ADA’s Scientific Sessions to unveil cutting-edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes.